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Temporal range: Triassic–Recent
Cerithium echinatum.shell001.jpg
Two views of a shell of Cerithium echinatum, the "spiny creeper"
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

clade Sorbeoconcha

Superfamily: Cerithioidea
Family: Cerithiidae
Subfamily: Cerithiinae
Genus: Cerithium
Bruguière, 1789[1]
  • Bayericerithium Petuch, 2001
  • Cerithium (Conocerithium) Sacco, 1895
  • Cerithium (Contumax) Hedley, 1899
  • Cerithium (Ischnocerithium) Thiele, 1929
  • Cerithium (Pithocerithium) Sacco, 1895
  • Cerithium (Ptychocerithium) Sacco, 1895
  • Cerithium (Thericium) Monterosato, 1890
  • Gourmya (Gladiocerithium) Monterosato, 1910
  • Semivertagus Cossman
  • Thericium Monterosato
  • Conocerithium Sacco, 1895
  • Tiaracerithium Sacco, 1895
  • Contumax Hedley, 1899
  • Ischnocerithium Thiele, 1929

Cerithium is a genus of small to medium-sized sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Cerithiidae, the ceriths.[2]


Species within this genus include:

Fossil records[edit]

Fossil shells of Cerithium crenatum from Pliocene of Italy

The genus is known from the Triassic to the Recent periods (age range: from 221.5 to 0.0 million years ago). Fossils shells have been found all over the world. There are about 100 extinct species[4][5] including:

  • Cerithium crenatum from the Pliocene of Italy
  • Cerithium elegans Deshayes, 1824[6]


50 second video of snails (most likely Natica chemnitzi and Cerithium muscarum) feeding on the sea floor in the Gulf of California, Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bruguière (1789). Ency. Méth. (Vers) 1(2): xv, 546.
  2. ^ Gofas, S. (2011). Cerithium Bruguière, 1789. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=137760 on 2011-10-07
  3. ^ van Gemert, L. J. (2012). A new Cerithium from the Philippines (Gastropoda: Cerithiidae). Visaya 3 (5): 11-14.
  4. ^ Fossilworks
  5. ^ (in Czech) Pek I., Vašíček Z., Roček Z., Hajn. V. & Mikuláš R.: Základy zoopaleontologie. - Olomouc, 1996. 264 pp., ISBN 80-7067-599-3.
  6. ^ Cerithium elegans at Museum National d'>Histoire Naturelle, Paris

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