Murex virgineus [Status Unaccepted]   Dillwyn,  1817 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Color: Pale brown; interior of aperture white tinged with pink.

Shell moderately thin, with the body whorl broad above and rather strongly narrowed and produced below, its profile thus assuming roughly the shape of an inverted triangle; the surface is strongly spirally ridged, the ridges are finely granular. There are three varices, somewhat thickened and ornamented with short curved processes, which are fairly numerous and not very widely separated. There is a large, raised, transpirally elongated, knob-like tubercle in each of the three wide interspaces between the varices; the anterior canal is moderately elongate, curved and partially closed.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Virgin Murex (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Kerala, Kochi, Sakthikulangara INDIA
• Kerala, Neendakara INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram (Lat: 9.25) (Long: 79.33) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Fernando, AS and Fernando, OJ (2002) A field guide to the common invertebrates of the east coast of India Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology 1-258 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Philip, MB and Appukuttan, KK (1995) A checklist of gastropods landed at Sakthikulangara-Neendakara area CMFRI 138 9-10 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Dholakia, AD (2004) Marine resources Fisheries and aquatic resources of India Daya publishing house 271-303 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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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