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A gastropod (Cerithiopsis tubercularis)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

A slender shell to 7 mm long with up to 14 flat-sided whorls. Aperture oval, with thin, crenulate outer lip and a short, broad siphonal canal. Shell chestnut-brown, tapering to a point only in the region of the first 2 whorls. Tubercles pale brown. Head bears a pair of long, linear tentacles, covered around the distal half with bristle-like cilia.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

On south-west coasts of Britain and occasionally recorded off the west coast of Scotland.

Global distribution

From Norway to the Mediterranean and the Azores but absent from the southern North Sea.

Habitat

Found in pools, on sponges such as Halichondria (Halichondria) panicea and Hymeniacidon perleve, particularly where associated with coralline algae. Also found on the sheltered sponge-covered slopes and crevices of rocks and under boulders. From the lower shore to 100 m.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Each whorl with 3 spiral rows of close set, rounded elevations (tubercles).
  • Base of last whorl also with 2-3 spiral ridges.
  • Tubercles near outer lip elongated axially.
  • Small aperture with basal siphonal notch.

Additional information

Occurrence in Britain may be increased by seawater warming.

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Bibliography

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  9. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from: http://www.nbnatlas.org.  Accessed 01 April 2017

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Skewes, M. 2007. Cerithiopsis tubercularis A gastropod. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1646

Last Updated: 08/06/2007