Specimen of Kellia suborbicularis photographed by David Fenwick.

Belongs within: Heterodonta.

The Erycinidae are a family of clam-like bivalves.

Characters (from Cox et al. 1969): Shell somewhat flattened; hinge plate indented under beaks, small, lucinoid; cardinals and laterals present on both valves, duplicate on right valve in some; internal ligament in triangular, rather ill-bounded socket, its adjacent marginal part on small nymph in some forms.

    |--Parabornia squillina C73
    |--Mylitta deshayesii M54
    |--Melliteryx Iredale 1924 F27
    |    |--*M. acupuncta [=Erycina acupuncta] F27
    |    `--M. parva (Deshayes 1856) [=Erycina parva] F27
    |--Arthritica Finlay 1927 F27
    |    |--*A. bifurca [=Kellia bifurca] F27
    |    `--A. helmsi (Hedley 1915) [=Erycina helmsi] F27
    `--Kellia Turton 1822 F27
         |--K. antiqua Marwick 1926 F27
         |--K. cycladiformis Deshayes 1850 H09
         |--K. japonica KBC03
         |--K. physema Melvill & Standen 1899 H09
         `--K. suborbicularis (Montagu 1804) [=Mya suborbicularis] H09

*Type species of generic name indicated


[C73] Camp, D. K. 1973. Stomatopod Crustacea. Memoirs of the Hourglass Cruises 3 (2): 1-100.

Cox, L. R., N. D. Newell et al. 1969. Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology pt N. Bivalvia vol. 2. The Geological Society of America, Inc. and The University of Kansas.

[F27] Finlay, H. J. 1927. A further commentary on New Zealand molluscan systematics. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 320-485.

[H09] Hedley, C. 1909. The Marine Fauna of Queensland: Address by the President of Section D. Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science: Brisbane.

[KBC03] Kashin, I. A., E. V. Bagaveeva & S. F. Chaplygina. 2003. Fouling communities of hydrotechnical constructions in Nakhodka Bay (Sea of Japan). Russian Journal of Marine Biology 29: 267-283.

[M54] Macpherson, J. H. 1954. Molluscs (sea shells and snails). In The Archipelago of the Recherche (J. M. Willis, ed.) pp. 55-63. Australian Geographical Society: Melbourne.

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