Phylum Mollusca

Class Gastropoda

Order Caenogastropoda

Number of families Approximately 100

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The most diverse gastropod group living today; they include almost every gastropod shell form and are successful in every major habitat on Earth

Photo: Macrograph of the species Xenophora pal-lidula, a member of the carrier shell family, named for cementing broken shells and stones to its own shell, a decorative variation on the theme of camouflage. (Photo by Science Photo Library/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

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