Cantharidus tessellatus

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Cantharidus tessellatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Trochidae
Genus: Cantharidus
Species: C. tessellatus
Binomial name
Cantharidus tessellatus
(A. Adams, 1853)

Cantharidus tessellatus is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Trochidae, the top snails.[1]


The shell grows to a length of 5 mm.


This marine species is endemic to New Zealand and occurs off North, South and Stewart Island


  1. ^ Rosenberg, G. (2012). Cantharidus tessellatus (A. Adams, 1853). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-11-23
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells. Collins, Auckland 500p (p. 57)
  • Spencer, H.G.; Marshall, B.A.; Maxwell, P.A.; Grant-Mackie, J.A.; Stilwell, J.D.; Willan, R.C.; Campbell, H.J.; Crampton, J.S.; Henderson, R.A.; Bradshaw, M.A.; Waterhouse, J.B.; Pojeta, J. Jr (2009). Phylum Mollusca: chitons, clams, tusk shells, snails, squids, and kin, in: Gordon, D.P. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. pp. 161–254

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