Nerita polita   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Cycloneritimorpha
Family:Neritidae

Description
Size: 3 cm wide.

Color: Cream, brown, pink or green, with irregular black or brown markings, aperture orange, columellar deck red or dark orange, operculum black, grey or fawn.

Subglobose, diameter greater than height, spire flat, surface shiny but sculptured with growth lines, columellar deck smooth but with several weak, rounded, marginal teeth at the centre, operculum smooth except for a finely radially striate zone near the margin.


Synonym (s)
Amphinerita polita (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Polished Nerite (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; It is used as food and for its attractive shell)

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Rocky, Sandy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.23) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• SINGAPORE
• Maharashtra, Nariman Point INDIA (Record: 12/2006-11/2007)
• Karnataka, Netrani Island (Lat: 14.01) (Long: 74.33) INDIA (Record: 08/05/2006) (Depth: 12 mts)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai, Bandstand INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai, Girgaon Chowpatty INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai, Gorai Creek INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vaan Island INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.9) (Long: 72.78) INDIA (Record: 12/2006-11/2007)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 19.15) (Long: 72.93) INDIA (Record: 12/2006-11/2007)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kiltan INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Palk Bay (Lat: 9.28) (Long: 79.13) INDIA (Record: 04/1994-09/1994)
• Orissa, Dhamra Estuary INDIA

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