Welcome to The Olividae and Olivellidae (Mollusca) Scratchpad

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The Olividae and Olivellidae ScratchPad is devoted to the neogastropod families Olividae and Olivellidae (with Harpidae and Colubrariidae included but rather incomplete). The first two families are included in the superfamily Olivoidea, which is presumed to be monophyletic. The Olividae date back to at least the late Cretaceous while early Olivellidae are known from the Eocene to present times.

This site is still very much under construction, with taxa being move back and forth from time to time, as new information becomes available on phylogeny and taxonomy.

A document (PDF, first edition) forming the backbone of this site (publications and taxa listing) was published as: Olividae and Olivellidae (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda). A chronologic catalogue of literature, taxa and type figures, 1681 to present. The second edition of the document is available now (February 24, 2017).

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith