Virgin Nerite

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Vitta virginea

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Cycloneritida

Neritidae

Neritidae

Image Voucher: 

ANSP 397993

Shell Information

Length (mm): 4-12

Dextral

Chirality:

This is a small thin globe shaped shell with a short spire. It is typically white with a highly variable pattern of black axial lines.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

East Florida to Trinidad

0 to 1.5 meters

Diet:

Herbivore

Habitat:

Brackish, Freshwater; Mangrove swamps and grass flats

Misc. Facts

These snails lay their eggs on their own shell and the shells of other snails.

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Vitta virginea (Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=865834 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.

Andrews, J. (1971). Seashells of the Texas Coast. University of Texas Press.