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Batillaria minima Gmelin, 1791

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  order Unassigned Caenogastropoda »  family Batillariidae »  genus Batillaria

Scientific synonyms

Cerithium albocoopertum Davis, D.H.S., 1904
Batillaria albocoopertum Davis, 1904
Batillaria clathratum Menke, 1828
Batillaria minima degenerata Dall, W.H., 1894
Batillaria degenerata Dall, 1894
Cerithium eriense Valenciennes, A. in Kiener, L.C., 1841
Cerithium heteroclytes Potiez, V.L.V. & A.L.G. Michaud, 1838
Batillaria nigrescens Menke, 1828
Cerithium nigrescens Menke, K.T., 1828
Batillaria rawsoni Morch, 1876

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Description

As Cerithium minimum Gmelin:
Shell only moderately solid, with low, longitudinal ribs and faint revolving ridges, which cut the longitudinal ribs more or less into nodules. In addition to the revolving ridges there are fine revolving threads in their interstices. The aperture is rather large; the basal canal is turned sharply to the left. Color varying from jet black to ashy, variously banded.
Length, 15; diameter, 6 mm.
This species is quite close in appearance to C. luteosum variabele. It is generally less solid and more glossy than that species and has more distinct longitudinal ribs. Its aperture is generally larger and the basal canal more distinctly turned to the left.
Dall, W.H. & Simpson, C.T., 1901. The Mollusca of Porto Rico.
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as Batillaria minima GMELIN, 1791)]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013

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