Specimens of Microvoluta australis, copyright Des Beechey.

Belongs within: Turbinelloidea.

The Volutomitridae are 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. The majority of species live subtidally, often in deep waters.

<==Volutomitridae BR17
    |  i. s.: Paradmete Strebel 1908 PH90
    |           `--*P. typica Strebel 1908 PH90
    |         Peculator Iredale 1924 [Peculatoridae] BR05
    |           |--*P. verconis Iredale 1924 P61, MG-H11
    |           |--P. coma (Odhner 1924) P61
    |           `--P. hedleyi (Murdoch 1905) P61
    |         Conomitra Conrad 1865 TTE93, F27a
    |           |--*C. fusoides [=Mitra fusoides] F27a
    |           `--C. glabra (Ravn 1933) TTE93
    |--Exilioidea FP15
    `--+--Volutomitra Adams & Adams 1853 FP15, BR05 [Volutomitrina, Volutomitrinae]
       |    |--*V. groenlandica (Möller 1842) BR17 (see below for synonymy)
       |    |--V. alaskana Dall 1902 O27
       |    |--V. glabella FP15
       |    `--V. zigzag FP15
       `--Microvoluta Angas 1877 FP15, BR05 [Microvolutidae]
            |--*M. australis Angas 1877 C75
            |--M. biconica (Murdoch & Suter 1906) P61 [=Vulpecula biconica F27a]
            |--M. cuvierensis Finlay 1930 P61
            |--M. garrardi Cernohorsky 1975 C75
            |--M. joloensis FP15
            |--M. lincta [=Turricula lincta, Vexillum linctum] F27a
            |--M. marginata (Hutton 1885) C75
            |--M. obconica Powell 1952 P61
            |--M. pentaploca Finlay 1927 C75 [=Mitra ligata Tate 1889 non Adams 1853 F27b, Conomitra ligata F27b]
            |--M. ponderi Cernohorsky 1975 C75
            |--M. royana Iredale 1924 F27a
            `--M. stadialis (Hedley 1911) [=Mitra stadialis, Austromitra stadialis] C75

*Volutomitra groenlandica (Möller 1842) BR17 [=Voluta groenlandica BR17; incl. Mitra castanea Bolten 1798 H08, V. digna Adams 1855 H08, M. melaniana Lamarck 1811 H08, Voluta nigra Gmelin 1791 H08, Mitra nigra H08]

*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.

[BR17] Bouchet, P., J.-P. Rocroi, B. Hausdorf, A. Kaim, Y. Kano, A. Nützel, P. Parkhaev, M. Schrödl & E. E. Strong. 2017. Revised classification, nomenclator and typification of gastropod and monoplacophoran families. Malacologia 61 (1–2): 1–526.

[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.

[FP15] Fedosov, A., N. Puillandre, Y. Kantor & P. Bouchet. 2015. Phylogeny and systematics of mitriform gastropods (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Neogastropoda). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 175: 336–359.

[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.

[H08] Hedley, C. 1908. Studies on Australian Mollusca. Part X. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 33: 456–489, pls 7–10.

[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. 2 pt 1. 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 103 (Suppl. 1): 1–69.

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

[TTE93] Tracey, S., J. A. Todd & D. H. Erwin. 1993. Mollusca: Gastropoda. In: Benton, M. J. (ed.) The Fossil Record 2 pp. 131–167. Chapman & Hall: London.

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