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  • José H. Leal

Shell of the Week: The Waxy Mangelia

One more member of the large family Mangeliidae, Cryoturris cerinella Dall, 1889) reaches about 12 mm (about 0.5 inch) in length. The shell is very elongate, tower-shaped, with a sculpture of 7–8 strongly angled ribs crossed by fine spiral threads.The aperture spans only about ¼–1/5 of the shell length. The shell color is yellowish­–white, changing to (very) light–orange on last whorl.


The Waxy Mangelia, Cryoturris cerinella, from Sanibel. Photos by James F. Kelly.