- Colombellinidae Fischer, 1884
Original Description of the family Colombellinidae by Fischer, 1884:
- "Coquille solide, généralement treillissée, rugueuse, subvariqueuse, costellée; ouverture très étroite; canal antérieur court; canal postérieur oblique, plus ou moins long; labre épais; columelle calleuse."
Belong to Colombellinidae:
might belong to Colombellinidae
Comment (Cited from British Shell Collectors, 2003):
- The cowries are believed to have evolved from this family of smallish, vaguely Marginella-like shells (Colombellinidae), specifically, from the genus Zittellia Gemellaro, 1869. These lived during the Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous periods. This gave rise to the Cypraeidae, the Ovulidae (Amphiperatidae) the Triviidae (Eratoidae) and a few very small families. The first known true cowries belonged a genus of small, fairly ordinary-looking Cypraeids with a prominent spire and short, fine teeth called Palaeocypraea during the upper Cretaceous period, some 100 million years ago.