Specimens of Microvoluta australis, copyright Des Beechey.

Belongs within: Muricoidea.

The Volutomitridae is a small family of neogastropods with a mitre-shaped shell bearing large plaits on the columella, and a radula similar to that of the volute genus Scaphella (Beechey 2003). They are most diverse in the Southern Hemisphere, with only a very few species in the Northern.

<==Volutomitridae BR05
    |--Paradmete Strebel 1908 PH90
    |    `--*P. typica Strebel 1908 PH90
    |--Volutomitra Adams & Adams 1853 [Volutomitrina, Volutomitrinae] BR05
    |    |--*V. groenlandica O27
    |    `--V. alaskana Dall 1902 O27
    |--Peculator Iredale 1924 [Peculatoridae] BR05
    |    |--*P. verconis Iredale 1924 P61, MG-H11
    |    |--P. coma (Odhner 1924) P61
    |    `--P. hedleyi (Murdoch 1905) P61
    `--Microvoluta Angas 1877 [Microvolutidae] BR05
         |--*M. australis Angas 1877 P61, F27b
         |--M. biconica (Murdoch & Suter 1906) P61 [=Vulpecula biconica F27a]
         |--M. cuvierensis Finlay 1930 P61
         |--M. lincta [=Turricula lincta, Vexillum linctum] F27a
         |--M. obconica Powell 1952 P61
         |--M. pentaploca Finlay 1927 [=Mitra ligata Tate 1889 non Adams 1853, Conomitra ligata] F27b
         |--M. royana Iredale 1924 F27a
         `--M. stadialis (Hedley 1911) [=Mitra stadialis, Austromitra stadialis] C75

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BR05] Bouchet, P., & J.-P. Rocroi. 2005. Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families. Malacologia 47 (1–2): 1–397.

[C75] Cernohorsky, W. O. 1975. The taxonomy of some Indo-Pacific Mollusca. Part 3. With descriptions of new taxa and remarks on an Ecuadorian fossil species of Turridae. Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum 12: 213–234.

[F27a] Finlay, H. J. 1927a. A further commentary on New Zealand molluscan systematics. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 320–485.

[F27b] Finlay, H. J. 1927b. New specific names for austral Mollusca. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 488–533.

[MG-H11] McEnnulty, F. R., K. L. Gowlett-Holmes, A. Williams, F. Althaus, J. Fromont, G. C. B. Poore, T. D. O’Hara, L. Marsh, P. Kott, S. Slack-Smith, P. Alderslade & M. V. Kitahara. 2011. The deepwater megabenthic invertebrates on the western continental margin of Australia (100–1100 m depths): composition, distribution and novelty. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 80: 1–191.

[O27] Oldroyd, I. S. 1927. The Marine Shells of the West Coast of North America vol. II pt I. Stanford University Press: Stanford University (California).

[PH90] Petit, R. E., & M. G. Harasewych. 1990. Catalogue of the superfamily Cancellarioidea Forbes and Hanley, 1851 (Gastropoda: Prosobranchia). Nautilus Supplement 1: 1–69.

[P61] Powell, A. W. B. 1961. Shells of New Zealand: An illustrated handbook 4th ed. Whitcombe and Tombs Limited: Christchurch.

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