Cypraea gracilis [Status Unaccepted]   Gaskoin,  1849 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Korina Sangiouloglou

Size: 10-30 mm

Color: Bluish with brown blotch. Small, base spotted and purple staining of both end, terminal dark brown spots in two sides.

Shell small, elongately ovate and gradually narrowed towards the anterior. The centre of the dorsum is marked by a dark brown blotch more or less in the form of an incomplete transverse band. The sides and base are much paler than the dorsum, almost whitish and marked sparingly with distinct blackish brown spots; the extremities are marked by a pair of large purplish brown spots which are conspicuous both dorsally and ventrally.

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Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(For decoration)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Carnivores


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair (Lat: 11.67) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban (Lat: 9.29) (Long: 79.21) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Krommenhoek Willem (1998) A comparison of beach-found specimens of Cypraea gracilis Gaskoin, 1849 from Sri Lanka and Java and also of Cypraea kieneri Hidalgo, 1906 from the Seychelles and Java Of Sea and Shore 21(3) 129-130 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Ugolini, A and Chelazzi, G (1978) Researches on the coast of Somalia. The shore and the dune of Sat Uanle. 16. Notes on Cypraeidae (Mollusca Gastropoda) Monitore Zoologico Italiano Supplemento 10 (5) 85-103 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Hosseinzadeh, H; Daghoghi, B and Rameshi, H (2001) Atlas of the Persian Gulf molluscs Oman sea fisheries research center, Oman 208 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sangiouloglou, G George's seashells and underwater world Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Subba Rao, NV and Dey, A (2000) Catalogue of marine molluscs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Occasional paper no 187 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 1-323 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Satyamurti, ST (1952) The Mollusca of Krusadai island in the Gulf of Mannar I- Amphineura and Gastropoda Bulletin of the Madras Government 1(2) 265 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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