Drupa ricinus   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 17-35 mm.

Color: White or grayish; spines dark-brown to dark-gray, especially towards the tips; mouth white or with a wide, broken, diffused, orange to yellow line extending around the outer lip and neighbouring canal area.

Shell are upto 1 ½ inches in length, soil, obovoid, spire short, reduced, obscure in adult specimens, body whorl three-quarter the length of the shell. Whorls ribbed with five rows of sharp spines; spines variable in development, but higher near the margin of the aperture. Interstices between spines striated with scale-like striae. Aperture linear, constricted by the teeth and callus. Apertural dentition as in D. morum with features less prominent.

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Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated,Rocky,Sandy


• Lakshadweep, Agatti (Lat: 10.83) (Long: 72.2) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)

Literature Source(s)
  • Bakus, JG (1993) Coral reef ecosystems Oxford and IBH publishing CO. PVT. LTD 232 pp Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Emerson, WK (1973) The Genus Drupa in the Indo-Pacific Indo-Pacific Mollusca 3(13) 1-40 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at - http://www.gastropods.com/
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Appukuttan, KK; Chellam, A; Ramadoss, K; Victor, ACC and Meiyappan, MM (1989) Molluscan resources Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 43 77-92 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/2641/1/Article_12.pdf

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