Overview

Distribution

Southeastern Indian and Southwestern Pacific: Western Australia to Tasmania and southern New South Wales, Australia

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Physical Description

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Ecology

Habitat

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Marine intertidal: rocky shores; mid littoral

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Nerita atramentosa

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 120 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.  Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.  See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

GGTGTATGATCTGGTTTAGTTGGAACGGCTCTTAGACTTTTAATTCGGGCTGAACTTGGGCAGCCTGGAGCCCTTTTGGGTGAT---GATCAGCTTTACAATGTAATTGTTACTGCTCATGCGTTTGTAATAATTTTCTTTTTAGTAATGCCTATGATGATTGGGGGATTCGGTAATTGATTAGTTCCCTTAATGCTAGGGGCTCCTGATATGGCTTTTCCCCGGTTGAATAATATAAGTTTTTGATTGCTTCCCCCTTCTTTAACTTTGTTACTTGCTTCTTCTGCTGTAGAAAGTGGTGTCGGGACGGGTTGAACAGTATATCCTCCTTTGTCTGGGAATTTAGCCCATGCAGGGGGATCTGTGGATCTAGCTATTTTTTCTTTACACTTAGCAGGTGTTTCTTCTATTTTAGGTGCTGTAAATTTTATTACTACAATCATTAACATGCGGTGACAGGGAATGCAGTTCGAGCGATTGCCTCTTTTTGTGTGATCAGTGAAGATTACTGCAATTCTTCTTTTACTTTCTTTACCTGTGCTTGCTGGTGCAATTACTATGTTGCTAACTGATCGTAACTTTAATACATCTTTCTTTGACCCCGCAGGAGGTGGAGATCCTATTTTGTATCAGCATTTATTTTGATTTTTTGGTCATCCAGAGGTATATATTTTGATTTTACCTGGGTTTGGGATGATTTCTCATATTGTAAGTCACTACGCTTGTAAGAAAGAGACTTTTGGTACACTAGGAATGATTTACGCTATACTATCTATTGGTATTTTAGGATTTATTGTGTGGGCTCACCACATGTTTACAGTAGGAATAGACGTAGATACACGAG
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Nerita atramentosa

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Public Records: 119
Specimens with Barcodes: 119
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Wikipedia

Nerita atramentosa

Nerita atramentosa, common name the black nerite, is a medium-sized sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Neritidae, the nerites.

There has been some confusion over the taxonomy of the Nerita genus in the Pacific region, however Nerita atramentosa and Nerita melanotragus are now recognised as separate species (the two have often been considered to be the same species).

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Ecology

Distribution

This nerite is endemic to the southern coastlands of Australia, including Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia, southern Western Australia and Victoria. The similar species, Nerita melanotragus occurs to the east of Wilsons Promontory, while N. atramentosa occurs to the west.

Habitat

This species is commonly found on intertidal rocks, particularly in the mid to upper intertidal zone. It prefers to attach to sloped or vertical rock surfaces, or hang from the underside of rocks. This may be a method of thermoregulation, as if N. atramentosa is on a horizontal surface, it will absorb the maximum solar radiation. By contrast, if it is on a greater angle to the sun, it absorbs less energy (and thus heat). N. atramentosa exhibits trail following behaviour. The species feeds by scraping epilithic algae using their radula. Nerites are preyed upon by reef crabs of the species (Ozius truncatus).

References

  • Chilton, N. B & Bull, C. M. (1984) Influence of predation by a crab on the distribution of the size-groups of three intertidal gastropods in South AustraliaInfluence of predation by a crab on the distribution of the size-groups of three intertidal gastropods in South Australia. Marine Biology, 83(2) pp. 163-169
  • Spencer, H.G., Waters, J.M. & Eichhorst, T.E. (2007) Taxonomy and nomenclature of black nerites (Gastropoda: Neritimorpha: Nerita) from the South Pacific. Invertebrate Systematics, 21 pp. 229-237.
  • Waters, J.M., King, T.M., O'Loughlin, P.M. & Spencer, H.G. (2005) Phylogeographic disjunction in an abundant high-dispersal littoral gastropod. Molecular Ecology, 14 pp. 2789-2802
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