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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Neritidae

Vitta virginea

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Virgin Nerite

Size to 12 mm. Shell rounded, smooth. The parietal shield (the flat area inside aperture) is crescent-shaped, white, and may bear a number of small, irregular teeth. The shell is very variable in color; the dominant color may be black, red, green, purple, with spots, wavy or zigzag lines, and bands of alternating colors. The single shell of this species from Sanibel present in the Museum collection was collected in 1950 at Clam Bayou, by Dale Stingley. Photo by James F. Kelly.