< Previous family introduction

Next family introduction >


Family  Cucullaeidae





Members of the Cucullaeidae are large, heavy shells closely related to the Arcidae. They differ in the structure of the hinge, which in the Cucullaeidae has small central teeth and a few larger, elongate teeth at both ends. Internally, there is a flange to which the posterior adductor muscle is attached. There is only one species of the family occurring in Australia.

Copyright Des Beechey 2023