Contributions to Zoology, 86 (2) – 2017Gerrit Potkamp; Mark J.A. Vermeij; Bert W. Hoeksema: Genetic and morphological variation in corallivorous snails (Coralliophila spp.) living on different host corals at Curaçao, southern Caribbean

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Family Muricidae Rafinesque, 1815.

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Subfamily Coralliophilinae Chenu, 1859

Genus Coralliophila Adams and Adams, 1853


For description and synonymy, see Oliverio (2008: 485). The genus Coralliophila, with which C. curacaoensis sp. nov. has been classified, is used here in a wide sense (Coralliophila s.l.), as strong evidence exists for polyphyly within this genus as currently defined (Oliverio and Mariottini, 2001a; Oliverio et al. 2002, 2009; Oliverio 2008). A taxonomic revision of the genus, limiting its use only to the clade that includes the Indo-Pacific type species Coralliophila violacea (Kiener, 1836), might classify the other species into a separate genus.