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Bittiinae Cossmann, 1906

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Alabininae Dall, 1927 · unaccepted
Bittiidae · unaccepted


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  1. Genus Alabina Dall, 1902
  2. Genus Argyropeza Melvill & Standen, 1901
  3. Genus Bittiolum Cossmann, 1906
  4. Genus Bittium J. E. Gray, 1847
  5. Genus Cacozeliana Strand, 1928
  6. Genus Cassiella Gofas, 1987
  7. Genus Cerithidium Monterosato, 1884
  8. Genus Dahlakia H. E. J. Biggs, 1971
  9. Genus Ittibittium Houbrick, 1993
  10. Genus Limatium E. E. Strong & Bouchet, 2018
  11. Genus Lirobittium Bartsch, 1911
  12. Genus Neostylidium Doweld, 2013
  13. Genus Pictorium E. E. Strong & Bouchet, 2013
  14. Genus Semibittium Cossmann, 1896 †
  15. Genus Varicopeza Gründel, 1976
  16. Genus Zebittium H. J. Finlay, 1926
  17. Genus Cacozelia Iredale, 1924 accepted as Cacozeliana Strand, 1928 (invalid: junior homonym of Cacozelia Grote, 1878 [Lepidoptera]; Cacozeliana is a replacement name)
  18. Genus Cerithiolum Tiberi, 1869 accepted as Bittium J. E. Gray, 1847 (junior objective synonym of Bittium)
  19. Genus Clathrofenella Kuroda & T. Habe, 1954 accepted as Cerithidium Monterosato, 1884 (unaccepted > junior subjective synonym)
  20. Genus Inobittium Monterosato, 1917 accepted as Bittium J. E. Gray, 1847
  21. Genus Manobittium Monterosato, 1917 accepted as Bittium J. E. Gray, 1847
  22. Genus Stylidium Dall, 1907 accepted as Neostylidium Doweld, 2013 (invalid: junior homonym of Stylidium Eichwald, 1855; Neostylidium is a replacement name)
Cossmann, M. (1906). Essais de paléoconchologie comparée, Septième livraison. Paris, The author and de Rudeval. 261 pp., 14 pls., available online at
page(s): 64, 137 [details]   
MolluscaBase eds. (2024). MolluscaBase. Bittiinae Cossmann, 1906. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2024-06-15
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original description Cossmann, M. (1906). Essais de paléoconchologie comparée, Septième livraison. Paris, The author and de Rudeval. 261 pp., 14 pls., available online at
page(s): 64, 137 [details]   

original description  (of Alabininae Dall, 1927) Dall, W. H. (1927). Small shells from dredgings off the southeast coast of the United States by the United States Fisheries Steamer "Albatross", in 1885 and 1886. <em>Proceedings of the United States National Museum.</em> 70(2667): 1-134., available online at [details]   

original description  (of Argyropezinae Bandel, 2006) Bandel, K. (2006). Families of the Cerithioidea and related superfamilies (Palaeo-Caenogastropoda; Mollusca) from the Triassic to the Recent characterized by protoconch morphology – including the description of new taxa. <em>Paläontologie, Stratigraphie, Fazies (14), Freiberger Forschungshefte.</em> C 511: 59-137. [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

context source (PeRMS) Ramírez, R.; Paredes, C.; Arenas, J. (2003). Moluscos del Perú. <em>Revista de Biologia Tropical.</em> 51(supplement 3): 225-284. [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

basis of record Houbrick, R. S. (1993). Phylogenetic relationships and generic review of the Bittiinae (Prosobranchia: Cerithioidea). <em>Malacologia.</em> 35 (2): 261-313., available online at [details]   
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Classification Bandel (2006) recognized a family Bittiidae Cossmann, 1906 [which should then be named Diastomatidae Cossmann, 1894 on the grounds of priority] with five subfamilies Bittiinae Cossmann, 1906 (usually placed in Cerithiidae following Houbrick, 1993), Finellinae Thiele, 1931, Alabininae Dall, 1927, Dialinae Kay, 1979 and Diastomatinae Cossmann, 1894.
This contradicts Ponder (1994) who grouped Finella with Scaliola A. Adams, 1860 in a separate family Scaliolidae Jousseaume, 1912 [Scaliolidae is nevertheless kept distinct by Bandel (2006: 76) on the basis of having a shell agglutinating sand-grains]. It also contradicts Houbrick (1993) who holds the Bittiinae as a subfamily of the Cerithiidae.
It seems premature to reflect this scheme, which upsets current usage, in the WoRMS classification until shell characters are cross-checked wit at least another independent (e.g. molecular) set of characters. [details]