Distorsio reticulata   (Roding,  1798) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda


Size: Height 13.80 - 20.05 mm, maximum diameter 18.75 - 26.95 mm, minimum diameter 15.65 - 21.20 mm

Color: Surface color is flesh with yellowish tinge and sparsely covered with velvety light brown hairy periostracum

Shell is elongately ovate, distorted, more or less spindle-shaped with 5-6 varices, spire acuminate and proportional to the length of the anterior canal; penultimate and the body whorl dorsally humped; whorls sculptured with narrow distant spiral ridges intersected by decussate ribs making into squares; columella plaited and grained, pinkish in color; aperture reduced; anterior canal short and little upward; outer lip denticulate inside.

Synonym (s)
Distorsio reticulata Roeding 1798
Triton cancellinus Reeve 1844
Distorsio cancellinus Tryon 1881
Distorsio reticulata Rippingales & Mc. Michael 1961
Distorsio reticulata Mookherjee 1985

Common Name (s)
• Reticulate Distorsio (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Palk Bay (Lat: 9.5) (Long: 79.25) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tharangambadi INDIA (Record: 01/02/1957)
• Tamil Nadu, Tondiarpet INDIA (Record: 25/02/1975)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Orissa, Puri INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island INDIA
• Red Sea
• Persian Gulf
• Gulf of Oman
• Orissa, Ganjam Coast INDIA
• Kerala, Malabar Coast INDIA
• Kerala, Kozhikode INDIA
• West Bengal, Sand Heads INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DVS (2005) Comprehensive review of the records of the biota of the Indian Seas and the introduction of non-indigenous species Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. 15(2) 117-146 Available at - http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.659
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at - http://www.itis.gov.
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • 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
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Maitra, S (1991) Marine molluscs State fauna series 1: Fauna of Orissa Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta Part 3 1-175 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
  • 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
  • Poppe, G Eddie's shell catalogue Available at - http://park.org/Guests/Shells/Shell_Catalogue/Shell_Pages/Shell_Catalogue_Home_Page.html

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