Checkered Nerite

Gmelin, 1791

Nerita tessellata

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Cycloneritida

Neritidae

Neritidae

Image Voucher: 

ANSP 188225

Shell Information

Diameter (mm): 12.5-25

Dextral

Chirality:

This is a heavy globe shaped shell with a round spire. It has spiral ribs with a thin groove running between each rib. The grooves are gray in color while the ribs are white with black axial lines giving them their checkered appearance. The inner aperture has multiple small teeth.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

East Florida to Brazil

0.5 to 3 meters

Diet:

Herbivore

Habitat:

Marine; Rocky intertidal zone

Misc. Facts

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Nerita tessellata Gmelin, 1791. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=419505 on 2021-06-23

Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. Garc?a. 29. Gastropoda (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579?699 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico?Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas.

Morris, P. A. (1987). A field guide to shells: Atlantic and Gulf coasts and the West Indies (3rd ed.). Houghton Mifflin.