Echinolittorina meleagris

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Echinolittorina meleagris
Echinolittorina meleagris (Potiez & Michaud, 1838) in El Yaque Beach.jpg
Echinolittorina meleagris (Potiez & Michaud, 1838) in El Yaque Beach - Venezuela
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Littorinoidea
Family: Littorinidae
Genus: Echinolittorina
Species: E. meleagris
Binomial name
Echinolittorina meleagris
(Potiez & Michaud, 1838)

Littorina meleagris (Potiez & Michaud, 1838)
Nodilittorina meleagris (Potiez & Michaud, 1838)

Echinolittorina meleagris is a species of small sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Littorinidae, the winkles or periwinkles.[1]


The shell is oval and turritelada, much higher than wide, moderately thick and opaque, features 5 or 6 turns that increase rapidly in size and are convex with sutures well marked. The buelta body is 2/3 of the total height of the shell. The color pattern typicamente spotted large white spots separated by stripes mahogany very narrow or can be brown.[2] The maximum recorded shell length is 10 mm.[3]


The distribution of Echinolittorina meleagris, covers all Coast Caribbean, having been appointed in Lesser Antilles, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Gulf of Mexico, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.[1]


It is a typical inhabitant of rocky coastline, which is located where the surf zone is usually large patch of hundreds of individuals.[4][5] Minimum recorded depth is -1 m.[3] Maximum recorded depth is 0 m.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Echinolittorina meleagris (Potiez & Michaud, 1838). Reid, David G. (2010). Echinolittorina meleagris (Potiez & Michaud, 1838). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 6 June 2010.
  2. ^ Bequaert, Joseph C. 1943: The genus Littorina in the Western Atlantic. Johnsonia, 7:1-28.
  3. ^ a b c Welch J. J. (2010). "The "Island Rule" and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.
  4. ^ Rodríguez, Gilberto. 1959: “The marine communities of Margarita Island, Venezuela”. Bulletin of Marine Science of the Gulf and Caribbean, Coral Gables, FL, 9(3): 237-280.
  5. ^ Jiménez P, Mayré., Márquez, Brightdoom. y Díaz Oscar. 2004: Moluscos del litoral rocoso en cuatro localidades del estado Sucre, Venezuela. Saber, Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela. 16(1):9-18.

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