Mostly Nerite Shells (Nerita costata Duclos) in a part-submerged rock crevice at Port Douglas

Nerite Shells are very common inhabitants of rocky shores on the Queensland coast in Australia; and they generally have a wide Indo-Pacific distribution. There are several species but the specimens shown here are Nerita costata Gmelin and were photographed at Port Douglas.

They have a characteristic appearance with thick black rounded ridges spiralling around the shell whorls, with lighter coloured furrows between them. The spire is blunt. The aperture opening is roughly semicircular with a specific arrangement of protruberances or ‘teeth’. The odd-shell-out in pictures 1 and 2 is a Mulberry Shell or Granulated Drupe (Morula granulata Duclos) which has an odd look with spirals of dark rounded bumps vaguely resembling a bunch of grapes or similar.

Mostly Nerite Shells (Nerita costata Duclos) in a part-submerged rock crevice

Dry Nerite Shells in a rock crevice at low tide

Individual Nerite Shell in thin film of water.

Outer surface of Nerita costata

Under surface of Nerita costata showing aperture and operculum


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