Puperita pupa

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Puperita pupa
Puperita pupa, Salinas de Araya, Sucre - Venezuela 001.jpg
Puperita pupa: A. ventral view, B. dorsal view; C. Operculum external view; D. Operculum internal view. E. detail of the color standard.
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Four Shells of Puperita pupa showing color variation, one showing the ventral side and on the lower left, an operculum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Neritimorpha
clade Cycloneritimorpha
Superfamily: Neritoidea
Family: Neritidae
Genus: Puperita
Species: P. pupa
Binomial name
Puperita pupa
(Linnaeus, 1767)

Puperita pupa is a species of small sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Neritidae, the nerites.[1]


The shell is thin but strong, globular, not presenting a prominent spire. There are 2 to 3 whorls, the outer lip is thin and sharp, the columellar area is polished and has a broad wall. The largest known specimens reach 10.6 mm. Th shell coloration is variable but is characterized by axial bands of black and white like a zebra. The opening is gray with an ocher-colored parietal callus area, and the operculum is bright yellow [2][3]


Puperita pupa is a nerite that is widely distributed in the area of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

This species occurs in brackish water on the West Indian island of Dominica.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Puperita pupa (Linnaeus, 1767).  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 5 May 2010.
  2. ^ Aboott, R. Tucker. 1954: “American Seashells”. D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc, Toronto – Canadá. 541p.
  3. ^ Morris, Percy A. 1973: “A field guide to shells of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and the West Indies”. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston EE.UU. 330p
  4. ^ Baker, H. Burrington. 1923: “The mollusca collected by the University of Michigan-Willianson expedition in Venezuela”. Occasional Paper of the Museum of Zoology. University of Michigan, 152:1-159.
  5. ^ (in German) Starmühlner F. von (1988). "Ergebnisse der Österreichisch-Französischen Hydrobiologischen Mission 1979 nach Guadeloupe, Dominica und Martinique (Kleine Antillen). Teil II: Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Süß- und Brackwassermollusken von Guadeloupe, Dominica und Martinique". Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien Serie B, 90: 221-340. PDF.

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