Checkered Nerite

Nerita tessellata

''Nerita tessellata'', sometimes known as the "checkered nerite" is a species of tropical sea snail with a gill and an operculum, a nerite, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Neritidae, the nerites.
Checkered nerite In the tidal pools of Sothern beaches of Bonaire. Caribbean Netherlands,Geotagged,Nerita tessellata,Summer

Appearance

The shell of this nerite can be as large as 25 mm. The background shell color is black, usually with white markings. Fairly often the white markings are regularly spaced, and make the shell look checkered or tesselated , hence the specific name of this species.

Distribution

This nerite occurs on the shores of the Western Atlantic Ocean including Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, the West Indies and Brazil.

Habitat

This species lives high up in the intertidal zone on rocks.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionMollusca
ClassGastropoda
OrderArchaeogastropoda
FamilyNeritidae
GenusNerita
SpeciesN. tessellata