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Family Cerithiidae

Cerithium echinatum

(Lamarck, 1822)

Cerith Snail, Tower Snail

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean

Size: 2 inches (5 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits shallow reefs and intertidal zones with algae.

General Husbandry: Rarely seen in the home aquarium trade and probably more collected for the shell trade.

Has a temperature range of 72 to 83°F (22 - 28°C), otherwise see Cerithium atratum prior to this species for suggested aquarium husbandry.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Mollusca

    Class: Gastropods

    Order: Caenogastropoda

    Family: Cerithiidae

    Genus: Cerithium

FYI: Was previously identified as Cerithium mutatum.

A reliable eater of algae and diatoms and appear to be safe for reef aquariums.

 Cerithium echinatum (Cerith Snail, Tower Snail)
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