Eastern Black Nerita

Nerita melanotragus (E.A. Smith, 1884)

This snail has a solid, smooth shell, which is a uniform black colour. However, older or eroded individuals may be white at the peak of the shell. The opening (aperture) is thick and white, except for a black line around the outer edge. The door (operculum) is solid, semi circular and covered with small lumps. The colour is orange-tan with black lines.

This species can be confused with the Western Black Nerita as both look similar the key difference being the operculum see the pictures below.

How to identify Nerita melanotragus?

What habitats does Nerita melanotragus live in?

Lives intertidally on rocks

What is the distribution of Nerita melanotragus?

Eastern Australia from QLD to Tasmania

How big does Nerita melanotragus grow?

Can grow to around 25mm

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