Puperita pupa

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Puperita pupa
Puperita pupa: A. ventral view, B. dorsal view; C. Operculum external view; D. Operculum internal view. E. detail of the color standard.
Four Shells of Puperita pupa showing color variation, one showing the ventral side and on the lower left, an operculum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Neritimorpha
clade Cycloneritimorpha
Superfamily: Neritoidea
Family: Neritidae
Genus: Puperita
Species: P. pupa
Binomial name
Puperita pupa
(Linnaeus, 1767)

Puperita pupa is a species of small sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Neritidae, the nerites.[1]

Description[change | change source]

Shell is globular, not presenting short spire, there are 2 to 3 turns, the outer lip is thin and sharp, columellar area is polished and has a broad wall fell. The mayor know specimens reach the 10.6 mm. Its coloration is characterized by axial bands black and white like a zebra, the opening is gray and ocher like parietal callus area and the operculum is bright yellow [2][3]

Distribution[change | change source]

Puperita pupa is a gastropod mollusk widely distributed in the area of Caribbean Sea: Cayman Islands,[1] Colombia,[1] Costa Rica,[1] Cuba,[1] Hispaniola,[1] Jamaica,[1] Mexico,[1] Venezuela[4] Dominica.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 World register of Marine Species: Puperita pupa (Linnaeus, 1767) AphiaID: 419513 [1]
  2. Aboott, R. Tucker. 1954: “American Seashells”. D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc, Toronto – Canadá. 541p.
  3. Morris, Percy A. 1973: “A field guide to shells of the Atlantic and gulf coasts and the West Indies”. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston EE.UU. 330p
  4. Baker, H. Burrington. 1923: “The mollusca collected by the University of Michigan-Willianson expedition in Venezuela”. Occasional Paper of the Museum of Zoology. University of Michigan, 152:1-159.
  5. Starmühlner F. von (1988). "Ergebnisse der Österreichisch-Französischen Hydrobiologischen Mission 1979 nach Guadeloupe, Dominica und Martinique (Kleine Antillen). Teil II: Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Süß- und Brackwassermollusken von Guadeloupe, Dominica und Martinique". Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien Serie B, 90: 221-340. PDF.

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