Cerion moralesi Clench and Aguayo, 1951

Original Description

"Cerion torrei moralesi, new species

(Plate 11, figs. 13, 14)

Cerion moralesi Torre, ms. (in sched.)

     Description. - Shell about 36 mm. in length (about 1½ inches) rather strong instructure, nearly smooth and rimately perforate. Color a grayish-­white to light brownish yellow and generally mottled or marbled with irre­gular, axial streaks of white. Whorls 11½, the last 3 nearly straight sided, the remaining earlier whorls forming a slightly convex, conic summit. Spire somewhat extended and forming an angle of 55° to 60°. Aperture subquadrate. Parietal lip thickened and reflected. Palatal lip nearly straight and built forward as a slightly thickened ridge. Palatal tooth centered, small and short. Columellar tooth small and extending backward for nearly a whorl. Columella short and nearly straight. Umbilicus exists as a small rimation which is par­tially hidden by the reflected lip. Suture slightly indented. Sculpture consist­ing of rather fine axial costae, paticularly on the early whorls. A few speci­mens are faintly costate on all whorls. Nuclear whorls pale amber color. The first whorls smooth, the remaining whorls very faintly costate.


Length              Width               Whorls                          

36                    15.5 mm.          11.5                 Holotype         

34                    16                    11                    Paratype

33.5                 15.5                 11                    "          

30.0                 17.0                 11                    "

22.5                 11.5                 11                    "

     Types. - Holotype, Museo Poey no. 17293, and paratypes, Mu­seum of Comparative Zoölogy no. 187476, from Playa de Morales 11 kilometers S. E. of Banes, Oriente, Cuba, collected by C. G: Aguayo, W. J. Clench and A. Quiñones in July 1945. Additional paratypes from Playa Larga, 2 kilometers N. W. of Cabo Lucrecia; Punta de Mulas (PI. 11, fig. 13) ; and Punta del Puerte, all near Banes, Oriente, Cuba.

     Remarks. - The various localities given above cover a distance of about 25 kilometers, though the species is not at all continuous along this coast. Other species occupy intervening territory.

     This is a relatively large species and is a member of the vulne­ratum complex. This complex is composed of shells that are relatively smooth and possess a coloration ranging from very pale yellowish to a rather dark brownish-red which is generally mottled or marbled with white.

     In relationship moralesi is fairly close to Cerion torrei Pilsbry and Vanatta from west of Puerto Vita, a locality about 40 kilo­meters west of Punta Lucrecia the westernmost locality at which C. moralesi was found.

     C. moralesi diffE'rs from C. torrei  by being much larger, possess­ing a more conic summit, being much smoother and by being somewhat lighter in structure.

     Mr. A. Quiñones collected a large series of C. moralesi at a dif­ferent area at Playa Morales that were much smaller than the typical series, the smallest measuring 19 mm. in length.

     This species was discovered a few years before, by Mr. Alberto Quiñones, from Banes, Oriente." (Clench & Aguayo, 1951:77-78)

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