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Cantharidella tiberiana
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Drawing of a shell of Cantharidella tiberiana
Scientific classification
  • Cantharidella aurea Tenison-Woods, J.E., 1876
  • Cantharidella tesselata Tenison-Woods, J.E., 1878
  • Cantharidus decoratus Adams & Angas, 1864
  • Cantharidus luculentus A. Adams & Angas, 1864
  • Cantharidus tiberianus Angas, 1867
  • Gibbula aurea Tenison-Woods, 1876
  • Thalotia tesselata Tenison-Woods, 1878
  • Trochus tiberianus Crosse, 1863 (original description)

Cantharidella tiberiana is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Trochidae, the top snails.


The size of the shell varies between 4 mm and 9 mm. The imperforate, rather thin shell has a conical shape. It is olivaceous with nacreous reflections. It is ornamented with flexuous longitudinal grayish streaks. The spire is moderately elevated. The suture is impressed. The 5½ to 6 whorls are subplanate with the body whorl obtusely angulated. The base of the shell is obsoletely striated and covered with spots of grayish-white. The aperture is oblique, quadrate, inside white and nacreous. The columella is somewhat expanded. The outer lip is simple and acute.


This marine species is endemic to Australia and occurs off New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania,

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