Kurtziella cerina

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Kurtziella cerina
Kurtziella cerina 001.jpg
Drawing of a shell of Kurtziella cerina
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Mangeliidae
Genus: Kurtziella
Species: K. cerina
Binomial name
Kurtziella cerina
(Kurtz & Stimpson, 1851)
  • Daphnella cerina (Kurtz & Stimpson, 1851)
  • Kurtziella cerinum [sic] (incorrect gender ending)
  • Mangelia cerina (Kurtz & Stimpson, 1851)
  • Mangilia cerina (Kurtz & Stimpson, 1851)
  • Pleurotoma cerinum Kurtz & Stimpson, 1851 (original combination)

Kurtziella cerina is a species of small, predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mangeliidae.[1]


The length of the shell attains 10 mm.

The shell is yellowish white; the columella is sometimes tinged with black. The surface is covered by very fine revolving lines crossing the ribs, producing a rasplike minor sculpture. [2]


K. cerina can be found in Northwest Atlantic waters, ranging from the coast of Massachusetts to the Campeche Bank.[3] and in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

It has also been found as a fossil in Quaternary strata in several states along the eastern coast of the USA


  1. ^ a b Kurtziella cerina (Kurtz & Stimpson, 1851).  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 9 August 2011.
  2. ^ G.W. Tryon (1884) Manual of Conchology, structural and systematic, with illustrations of the species, vol. VI; Philadelphia, Academy of Natural Sciences  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ Tunnell, John W., Jr., Felder, Darryl L., & Earle, Sylvia A., eds. Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota, Volume 1: Biodiversity. Texas A&M University Press, 2009. 666.

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