Cantharidus huttonii

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Cantharidus huttonii
Cantharidus huttonii 001.jpg
Drawing of a shell of Cantharidus huttonii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Trochidae
Genus: Cantharidus
Species: C. huttonii
Binomial name
Cantharidus huttonii
(E. A. Smith, 1876)
  • Cantharidus tenebrosus var. huttonii (E.A. Smith, 1876)
  • Gibbula plumbea Hutton, 1878
  • Micrelenchus (Micrelenchus) huttonii (E. A. Smith, 1876)
  • Micrelenchus huttonii (E. A. Smith, 1876)
  • Trochus (Cantharidus) huttonii E.A. Smith, 1876 (originanal combination)

Cantharidus huttonii 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 14½ mm, its diameter 10½ mm. The covered perforate shell has a short-conical shape. It is bluish-black or purplishblack, the apex worn white. The 5 to 6 whorls are slightly convex. Their sculpture contains 7 to 8 spiral striae and incremental lines. The body whorl is obtusely angular at the periphery, rather convex beneath, slightly impressed in the region of the umbilicus. The lightly grooved aperture is subcircular-quadrate and iridescent within. The lip is within a trifle thickened. It is whitish and narrowly edged with black. The thickened columella is slightly arcuate and covers the perforation.[2]


This marine species occurs off New Zealand.


  1. ^ Rosenberg, G. (2012). Cantharidus huttonii (E. A. Smith, 1876). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-11-23
  2. ^ Tryon (1889), Manual of Conchology XI, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (described as Cantharidus tenebrosus var. huttonii)

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