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Family  Ficidae

Fig Shells





The family Ficidae consists of less than a dozen species of thin, somewhat fig shaped shells. Species in the genus Ficus are mainly found in tropical seas living on sand or mud intertidally or in shallow water, while the recently discovered genus Thalassocyon occurs at abyssal depths. Two tropical species occur uncommonly in NSW, and one species of Thalassocyon has recently been found on the continental slope.


Family Reference

Verhaeghe, M. & Poppe, G.T. 2000. The Family Ficidae.  In: Poppe, G.T. & Groh, K. (directors). A Conchological Iconography. Edited by Conchbooks: Hackenheim.


All species of the family known from NSW are described here.