Nerita peloronta

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Nerita peloronta
Nerita peloronta Linnaeus, 1758 000.jpg
shell & Opercule of Nerita peloronta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Neritimorpha
clade Cycloneritimorpha
Superfamily: Neritoidea
Family: Neritidae
Genus: Nerita
Species: N. peloronta
Binomial name
Nerita peloronta
Linnaeus, 1758
  • Nerita papilio Röding, 1798
  • Nerita virginea Röding, 1798
  • Nerita erythrodon Récluz, 1850
  • Nerita sanguidens Récluz, 1850

Nerita peloronta, common name the "Bleeding Tooth", is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Neritidae.[2]


Variation in coloring of the outer surface of the shell of Nerita peloronta

The shell of this species is large compared with many other nerite species. The shell is thick and short spired. Its surface can have slightly raised spiral ridges. The dark red operculum is granulated on its inner side. The color of the shell is yellow, reddish, or creamy, with darker streaks or zigzags. Although many nerites have "teeth" on the columellar edge, this species is notable for the fact that it has an area of red coloration next to the "teeth", hence the common name "Bleeding Tooth".


Rocks inshore. W.Indies, W.Florida, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.


  • Récluz, C. 1850. Notice sur le genre Nérita et sur le S.-G. Neritina, avec le catalogue synonymique des Néritines. Journal de Conchyliologie 1: 131-164, 282-288, pls. 3, 7.

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