Rhinoclavis vertagus

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Common creeper
Rhinoclavis vertagus 01.JPG
A Shell of Rhinoclavis vertagus.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Sorbeoconcha
Superfamily: Cerithioidea
Family: Cerithiidae
Subfamily: Cerithiinae[citation needed]
Genus: Rhinoclavis
Subgenus: Rhinoclavis
Species: R. vertagus
Binomial name
Rhinoclavis vertagus
(Linnaeus, 1767)
  • Cerithium (Rhinoclavis) vertagus (Linnaeus, 1767) (chresonym)
  • Cerithium despectum Perry, 1811 (original combination)
  • Cerithium vertagus (Linnaeus, 1767) (chresonym)
  • Clava varia Humphrey, 1797
  • Clava vertagus (Linnaeus, 1767) (chresonym)
  • Clava volvax Humphrey, 1797
  • Rhinoclavis (Rhinoclavis) vertagus (Linnaeus, 1767) · accepted, alternate representation
  • Murex vertagus Linnaeus, 1767
  • Strombus carminatus Röding, 1798
  • Vertagus vertagus (Linnaeus, 1767) (chresonym)
  • Vertagus vulgaris Schumacher, 1817

Rhinoclavis vertagus, common name the common creeper, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cerithiidae, the ceriths.[1]


The length of the shell varies between 40 mm and 80 mm.


This species occurs in Australia and the Philippines.;[2] in the Indo-west Pacific, from east Africa to Vanuatu


  1. ^ Bouchet, P. (2015). Rhinoclavis vertagus. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=215122 on 2016-03-27
  2. ^ http://shell.kwansei.ac.jp/~shell/pic_book/data19/r001814.html
  • Linnaeus, C. 1767. Systema naturae, per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum caracteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Holmiae [= Stockholm] : L. Salvii Vol. 1(2) 12, pp. 533–1327.
  • Humphrey, G. 1797. Museum Calonnianum : specification of the various articles which compose the magnificent museum of natural history collected by M. de Calonne in France and lately his property : consisting of an assemblage of the most beautiful and rare subjects in entomology, conchology, ornithology, mineralogy, &c. London : E. Bibl. Radcl. viii, 84 pp.
  • Röding, P.F. 1798. Museum Boltenianum sive Catalogus cimeliorum e tribus regnis naturae quae olim collegerat Joa. Hamburg : Trappii 199 pp.
  • Perry, G. 1811. Conchology, or the natural history of shells containing a new arrangement of the genera and species, illustrated by coloured engravings, executed from the natural specimens and including the latest discoveries. London : W. Miller 4 pp., 62 pls.
  • Schumacher, C.F. 1817. Essai d'un Nouveau Systéme des Habitations des vers Testacés. Copenhagen : Schultz 287 pp., pls 1-22.
  • Tryon, G.W. (ed.) 1887. Solariidae, Ianthinidae, Trichotropidae, Scalariidae, Cerithiidae, Rissoidae, Littorinidae. Manual of Conchology. Philadelphia : G.W. Tryon Vol. 9 488 pp., 71 pls.
  • Schepman, M.M. 1909. The Prosobranchia of the Siboga Expedition. Part 2. Taenioglossa and Ptenoglossa. 109-231, pls 10-16 in Weber, M. (ed.). Siboga Expeditie. Leiden : Brill Vol. 49.
  • Dautzenberg, P. 1923. Liste Préliminaire des Mollusques marins de Madagascar et description de deux epèces nouvelles. Journal de Conchyliologie 68(1): 21-74
  • Thiele, J. 1931. Handbuch der Systematischen Weichtierkunde. Jena : Gustav Fischer Vol. 2 pp. 377–778.
  • Cotton, B.C. 1952. Family Cerithiidae. Royal Society of South Australia Malacological Section 2: 4 pp.
  • Houbrick, R.S. 1978. The family Cerithiidae in the Indo-Pacific. Part I. The genera Rhinoclavis, Pseudovertagus and Clavocerithium. Monographs of Marine Mollusca 1: 1-130
  • Abbott, R.T. & S.P. Dance (1986). Compendium of sea shells. American Malacologists, Inc:Melbourne, Florida
  • Wilson, B. 1993. Australian Marine Shells. Prosobranch Gastropods. Kallaroo, Western Australia : Odyssey Publishing Vol. 1 408 pp.

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