Welcome to The Olivoidea (Mollusca: Gastropoda) Scratchpad

Welcome visitor or contributor

The Olivoidea ScratchPad is devoted to the neogastropod superfamily Olivoidea (Olividae, Bellolividae, Benthobiidae, Pseudolividae, Ancillariidae) with Harpidae, Babyloniidae (Muricoidea) and Colubrariidae (Buccinoidea) included but rather incomplete. 

This site is very dynamic, with taxa being moved forth and  back from time to time, as new information becomes available on phylogeny and taxonomy.

A document, named "The superfamily Olivoidea (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda). A chronologic catalogue of literature, taxa and type figures, 1681 to present" (3rd edition), being the backbone of this site (publications and taxa listing) is somewhat delayed due to a vast amount of new information that recently became available,  expected late March or April 2018.

Previous version are available as well: First edition (2016)Second edition (2017).

If you have any additions (specimen photographs, PDF's, opinions, etc.) please register and comment yourself or send an e-mail message.

January 2018. 1857 literature references; 2755 taxa descriptions; 2795 illustrations.

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