Xenophora pallidula, copyright C. R. McClain.

Belongs within: Siphonogastropoda.

The Xenophoridae, carrier shells, are a group of more or less conical shells that commonly cement foreign bodies such as stones or discarded shells to their own shell to provide defence and/or camouflage.

Characters (from Wikipedia): Shells small to rather large (diameter of base without attachments 19–160 mm; height of shell 21–100 mm), depressed to conical, with narrow to wide, simple to spinose peripheral edge or flange separating spire from base. Aperture large, base broad, rather flattened, often umbilicate. Periostracum very thin or wanting. Protoconch depressed-conical, multispiral (rarely paucispiral). Teleoconch usually with foreign objects attached in spiral series to peripheral flange and, sometimes, remainder of dorsum, at least on early whorls. Operculum horny, yellowish to brown, nucleus lateral, with simple growth lamellae, sometimes with conspicuous radial striae or hollow radial ribs.

    |--Onustus Swainson 1840 [Onustidae] BR05
    |    |--O. caribaeus (Petit 1856) S11
    |    |--O. indicus (Gmelin 1971) S11
    |    `--O. prognatus Finlay 1926 F27
    `--Xenophora Fischer 1807 DK08 [incl. Phorus Montfort 1810 BR05]
         |--*X. laevigata P61
         |--X. cerea (Reeve 1845) MG-H11 [=Phorus cereus H09]
         |--X. conchyliophora (Born 1780) S11
         |--X. corrugata (Reeve 1842) F27
         |--X. exuta (Reeve 1842) MG-H11 [=Phorus exutus H09]
         |--X. gigantea Schepman 1909 MG-H11
         |--X. helvacea Philippi 1851 H09
         |--X. indica (Gmelin 1791) MG-H11
         |--X. japonica (Kuroda & Habe 1971) K07
         |--X. neozelanica Suter 1908 P61 [=Onustus neozelanicus F27]
         |--X. pallidula (Reeve 1842) MG-H11 [=Phorus pallidulus H09]
         |--X. rhytida Cossmann 1899 [=Peasiella rhytida] R89
         |--X. solarioides (Reeve 1845) [=Phorus solarioides] H09
         |--X. tatei Harris 1897 [=X. (Tugurium) tatei] DK08
         `--X. tulearensis Stewart & Kosuge 1993 BC01

*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.

[BC01] Boyko, C. B., & J. R. Cordeiro. 2001. Catalog of Recent type specimens in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History. V. Mollusca, part 2 (class Gastropoda [exclusive of Opisthobranchia and Pulmonata], with supplements to Gastropoda [Opisthobranchia], and Bivalvia). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 262: 1–170.

[DK08] Darragh, T. A., & G. W. Kendrick. 2008. Silicified Eocene molluscs from the Lower Murchison district, Southern Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 24 (3): 217–246.

[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.

[K07] Kamenev, G. M. 2007. The taxonomic position of Bentharca xenophoricola (Kuroda, 1929) and Bentharca rubrotincta Kuroda & Habe in Habe, 1958 (Bivalvia: Arcidae). Malacologia 49 (2): 351–365.

[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.

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

[R89] Reid, D. G. 1989. Systematic revision of the Recent species of Peasiella Nevill, 1885 (Gastropoda: Littorinidae), with notes on the fossil species. Nautilus 103 (2): 43–69.

[S11] Simone, L. R. L. 2011. Phylogeny of the Caenogastropoda (Mollusca), based on comparative morphology. Arquivos de Zoologia 42 (4): 161–323.

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