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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Tornidae

Vitrinella floridana

Pilsbry & McGinty, 1946

Florida Vitrinella

This is a very small species, even for the small-sized family Tornidae. It reaches only about 2 mm (0.8 inch) in diameter. The shell is smooth, totaling only about 3.5 whorls, with an open umbilicus, and the callus is absent. The shell is compressed, with the apex projecting only slightly, the whorl profile rounded, and the aperture oblique. The shell color in the Florida Vitrinella is translucent-white. The shell illustrated was collected in 2002 by Lois Dunnam at Gulf Side City Park on Sanibel. Photos by James F. Kelly.