Animal Species:Black Nerites

This species is hard to miss when visiting the rocky shores of Sydney.

Black Nerite Nerita atramentosa

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Black Nerite

Identification

Black Nerites have a thick black shell and white underside. Their strong shell allows them to withstand large waves.

Size range

2.8 cm

Distribution

The Black Nerite is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Habitat

The Black Nerite lives on intertidal rocky shores.

Mating and reproduction

Black Nerites form dense clusters in moist areas. Being close together traps moisture between them and also enables sperm transfer.

Classification

Species:
atramentosa
Genus:
Nerita
Family:
Neritidae
Class:
Gastropoda
Phylum:
Mollusca
Kingdom:
Animalia

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