Gastropods have adapted to live as marine, non marine and land-dwelling animals, living benthically, vagrantly or epifaunally as carnivores, scavengers, deposit feeders and more. Their conservative shell shape makes them difficult to use as environmental or stratigraphic indicators... Read more


  • Phylum: Mollusca
  • Class: Gastropods

Diagnostic features

These are the features that will help you to identify fossils as gastropods.

  • Coiled shell - helical or planispiral
  • Mostly aragonitic shell
  • Shell consists of one large chamber (no septa)

Stratigraphic range

Cambrian to present