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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Drilliidae

Cerodrillia thea

Dall, 1884

Tea Drillia

Shell size to 13 mm; shell turreted, with spire occupying more than 2/3 shell length, whorls forming strong angles on periphery. Sculpture of about 7-9 sharp axial ribs, with sinuous growth lines present. Spiral lines present only on anterior half of last whorl. Aperture elongate with posterior (apical) notch. Anterior canal short. Outer lip strongly curved and forming a flared projection. Color brown with grayish-green periostracum present mostly between ribs.