Family Melanellidae Iredale 1915 (snail)

Gastropoda - Vanikoroidea - Eulimidae

Parent taxon: Eulimidae according to P. Jeffery 2003

See also Ladd 1982, Ponder and Warén 1988 and Ward and Blackwelder 1987

Sister taxa: Anteglosia, Apicalia, Asterolamia, Asterophilidae, Chileutomia, Coroniscala, Curveulima, Echineulima, Entoconchidae, Eulima, Eulitoma, Fusceulima, Hebeulima, Hemiliostraca, Hoplopteron, Hordeulima, Hypermastus, Leutzenia, Lissochilina, Margineulima, Megadenus, Melanella, Microstilifer, Mucronalia, Niso, Paedophoropodidae, Parvioris, Peasistilifer, Pelseneeria, Pictobalcis, Polygireulima, Pulicicochlea, Pyramidelloides, Rostreulima, Sabinella, Scalenostoma, Sticteulima, Stilapex, Stilifer, Stiliferidae, Thyca, Trochostilifer, Vitreobalcis, Vitreolina

Subtaxa: Balcis Leiostraca Protonema Strombiformis

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Ecology: epifaunal carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of China (2 collections), Ecuador (1), Italy (1), Japan (1), Mexico (3), United States (20: California, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina), Vanuatu (1)

• Pliocene of Ecuador (2), Fiji (1), Indonesia (2), Italy (1), Jamaica (1), Mexico (3), Panama (1), Spain (1), Trinidad and Tobago (4), United States (11: California, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia), Venezuela (1)

• Miocene of Argentina (1), Australia (1), the Dominican Republic (1), France (1), Germany (30), the Marshall Islands (1), the Netherlands (2), New Zealand (1), Panama (17), Poland (1), Spain (1), Trinidad and Tobago (2), United States (2: Florida), Venezuela (1)

• Oligocene of Denmark (1), France (1), Mexico (1), New Zealand (1), United States (7: Mississippi)

• Eocene to Oligocene of United States (1: Oregon)

• Eocene of France (3), United States (20: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas)

• Paleocene of United States (1: Alabama)

• Cretaceous of United States (1: Tennessee)

Total: 156 collections including 200 occurrences

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