Dentalium aprinum   Linnaeus,  1767 (Tusk Shell)
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Class: Scaphopoda

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Size: 25 mm - 70 mm in length

Color: Shell bleached white and banded with pale green in fresh condition.

Shell rather long, slender and well arched, especially at the posterior part. Sculpture consists of about ten narrow and sharply raised longitudinal ribs, separated by deeply concave interstices which are divided by fine median riblet; ribs stronger on the concave side of the shell; growth striae inconspicuous; aperture polygonal in outline, concavely depressed; anal aperture minute, circular and not indented.

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Habitat:  Coastal


• Kerala, Kochi Harbour (Lat: 9.95) (Long: 76.27) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Dhanushkodi INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Cheriyan, PV (1968) A collection of molluscs from the Cochin harbour area Proceedings of the symposium on Mollusca Part I, Symposium Series 3 Marine Biological Association of India, India 121-136 Available at - NIO RC, Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Samuel, VD; Chacko, D and Edward, JKP (2005) Preliminary study on the molluscan diversity of “the lost world’’– Dhanushkodi, east coast of India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 54-58 Available at -
  • Natural History Museum Rotterdam Available at -
  • Dholakia, AD (2004) Marine resources Fisheries and aquatic resources of India Daya publishing house 271-303 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 (1956) The Mollusca of Krusadai island in the Gulf of Mannar II.- Scaphopoda, Pelecypoda and Cephalopoda Bulletin of the Madras Government 1(2) 202 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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