Ancilla scaphella   (G.B. Sowerby II,  1859) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Color: Shell is brilliantly glossy and whitish throughout except at the region of the suture which is tinged with brown.

Shell is stout and short; spire is very small, with a markedly blunt apex, and with its basal portion partially absorbed within the relatively enlarged and inflated body whorl, which is broad and barrel-shaped, being more or less equally wide at both ends so that the transition between the body whorl and the spire is rather abrupt and marked by depression; aperture is very wide and the columellar border short and twisted; outer lip of the aperture bears a minute tooth anteriorly; oblique spiral grooves are placed far down, very close to the base.

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• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sundaram, KS; Sarvesan, R; Mohamed, KH and Shanbhogue, SL (1969) Catalogue of molluscs, prawns, stomatopods and marine algae in the reference collections of the central marine fisheries research institute Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 9 1-52 Available at -
  • shells from sea Available at -
  • 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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