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Gastropoda: : Neritoidea: Neritidae

Nerita versicolor Gmelin, 1791

Range: 32.3°N to 9.4°N; 89.7°W to 59.6°W
Depth: -1 to 0 m (live -1 to 0 m)
Maximum Reported Size: 27  mm


Nerita flammea Gmelin, 1791
Nerita tricolor Gmelin, 1791
Nerita versicolor Gmelin, 1791
Nerita striata d'Orbigny, 1842
Nerita selot Récluz, 1850
Nerita variegata Mörch, 1852
Nerita nigrocincta Usticke, 1959


Nerita versicolor Gmelin, 1791, p. 3684, [Argenville pl. 7, fig. et & c.; Chemnitz 1781, pl. 191, figs. 1962-1963]
[Basis of the current name]
Attributed to: Meuschen (1787)
Type Locality: insulas Antillas
Range: 32.3°N to 9.4°N; 89.7°W to 59.6°W
Depth: -1 to 0 m (live -1 to 0 m)
Maximum Reported Size: 27 mm
Distribution: USA: Florida: East Florida, West Florida, Florida Keys; Mexico: Yucatan State, Alacran Reef, Quintana Roo; Belize, Honduras: Swan Island; Colombia: Offshore islands; Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela: Sucre, Islas Los Roques, Isla la Blanquilla, Isla Margarita; Bermuda, Bahamas: Abaco (Great or Little), Bimini; Cuba: Pinar del Rio, North Havana Province, North Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba; Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman Island, Little Cayman; Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands: St. Croix; Antigua; St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Grenada; Barbados; Trinidad & Tobago: Trinidad
References: Dautzenberg (1900); Russell (1941) {M}; Olsson & McGinty (1958) S; J. B. Lewis (1960) E; Voss & Voss (1960) l; Rice & Kornicker (1962) W; Díaz & Puyana (1994); Fernández Milera (1998); Macsotay & Campos (2001); Vegas Torres (2004); Redfern (2001) M
Comments: C. W. Johnson (1890) 29.9°N in Florida; record from Para, Brazil by Russell (1941) needs confirmation.

Nerita flammea Gmelin, 1791, p. 3685, [Chemnitz, 1781, pl. 192, fig. 1992-1993]
Type Locality: insulas Americae mediae

Nerita versicolor var. nigrocincta Usticke, 1959, p. 32, pl. 2, fig. 14
Type Locality: St. Croix [Christiansted Harbor (Usticke 1971)]
Range: 18°N to 12°N; 65°W to 59.6°W
Depth: 0 m (live 0 m)
Maximum Reported Size: 25 mm
Distribution: ABC Islands: Aruba; Virgin Islands: St. Thomas, St. Croix; St. Martin/St. Maarten, St. Barthelemy/St. Bartholomew, Antigua, Dominica, Barbados; Trinidad & Tobago: Tobago
References: Usticke (1959) WM; Usticke (1969) NSE; Warmke & Abbott (1961) s
Comments: Non Röding, 1798; Usticke in the original description of this form says 'I do not consider these differences to be more than sub specific at the most', therefore the name is available under ICZN Article 45.6.1, contrary to the statement of Boyko & Cordeiro (2001: 154).

Nerita selot Récluz, 1850a, p. 284, [Adanson 1757, pl. 13, fig. 4]
[Synonymy uncertain]
Attributed to: Adanson (1757)
Type Locality: 'Sénégal, Antilles'
References: Martens (1888:67) s

Nerita striata d'Orbigny, 1842b, p. 50-51, [Argenville pl. 7, fig. x; Favanne pl. 10, fig. s; Chemnitz, 1781, pl. 192, fig. 1992-95 ...]
Attributed to: Chemnitz (1781)
Type Locality: Florida; Cuba; Martinique
Range: 20°N to 10.7°N; 74°W to 61°W
Maximum Reported Size: 26 mm
Distribution: Venezuela: Falcon; Cuba, Antigua, Dominica, Martinique
References: d'Orbigny (1842b) NEWM; Higgins & Marrat (1877) S; Pilsbry (1888) s

Nerita tricolor Gmelin, 1791, p. 3686, [Adanson, pl. 13, fig. 4]
Type Locality: Senegal
References: Pilsbry (1888) s

Nerita variegata Mörch, 1852, p. 169, [Chemnitz, 1781, pl. 191, fig. 1962-63]
Attributed to: Chemnitz (1781)
Type Locality: Antilles
References: Karsten (1789); Dillwyn (1817) s; Arango (1880); Pilsbry (1888) s

Partial List of References

d'Orbigny, A. 1842. Mollusques Histoire Physique, Politique et Naturelle de l'île de Cuba 2 1-112, pls. 10-21?. Arthus Bertrand: Paris. [Stated date: -- --- 1853; true date: -- --- 1842.]
Gmelin, J. F. 1791. Systema naturae per regna tria naturae. Editio decima tertia Systema Naturae, 13th ed., vol. 1(6) 3021-3910. Lipsiae.
Mörch, O. A. L. 1852. Catalogus Conchyliorum quae Reliquit D. Alphonso d'Aguirra & Gadea Comes de Yoldi. Fasciculus Primus  [vi] + 170 pp. Hafniae. [Stated date: -- --- 1852; true date: pre 1 Oct.]
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.
Usticke, G. W. Nowell. 1959. A Check List of Marine Shells of St. Croix  vi + 90, 4 pls. Author: Christiansted, St. Croix. [Stated date: -- --- 1959; true date: post June.]

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