Bursa margaritula   (Deshayes,  1843) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda


Size: Height 13.40 - 16.90 mm, length 28.50 - 37.60 mm, maximum diameter 20.70 - 26.50 mm

Color: Light yellowish brown

Shell is moderate in size, solid, laterally not compressed like earlier species; granular varices on either side rounded and form continuous ridges; sutures with short oblique axial riblets; shell sculptured with finely granulose spiral striae forming heavy cords on anterior third of body whorl; body whorl is with 2-3 spiral rows of nodules. Columella is calloused, plicate with concave depression in the lower part; siphonal canal straight, anal canal is prominent; outer lip foliated and finely denticulate.

Synonym (s)
Ranella margaritula Deshayes 1832
Bursa margaritula Gravely 1942

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Pamban (Lat: 9.25) (Long: 79.33) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 1985)
• Kerala, Shanghumugham INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Kerala, Trivandrum INDIA (Record: 1953)

Literature Source(s)
  • Mookherjee, HP (1985) Contributions to the Molluscan fauna of India, Part III. Marine molluscs of the Coromandel coast, Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar - Gastropoda: Mesogastropoda (Part-2) Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 75 ZSI, Calcutta 93 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Kurian, CV (1953) A preliminary survey of the bottom fauna and bottom deposits of the Travancore coast within the 15-fathom line Proceedings of the National Institute of Sciences of India 19 746–775 Available at - http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/rawdataupload/upload/insa/INSA_1/20005b8b_747.pdf

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