Cerithium nodulosum   Bruguiere,  1792 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda
Order:[unassigned] Caenogastropoda

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Size: 1.5 cm.

Color: Exterior white with brown blotches but usually thickly covered with calcareous growths, interior and columella white.

Distinctive knobbly, chalky shell, up to 10 cm, with a very pronounced transverse row of knobs on each whorl. Strongly crenulate outer lip and a broad siphonal canal. Elongate, robust and heavily sculptured, protoconch of two whorls, with a prominent sinusigeral notch, adult whorls angulate, each bearing a single spiral row of prominent tubercles and a number of weakly nodulose spiral ribs, strong nodulose spiral ribs also present at the anterior end of the body whorl, base strongly excavated, anterior canal short, constricted, spirally channelled within, with a claw-like anterior extension crossing over the anterior canal and a strong parietal ridge beside a deep posterior canal, columella concave, with a thick callus and distinct though narrow lip.

It is the largest living species of the genus.

Synonym (s)
Cerithium curvirostra Perry, 1811
Cerithium adansonii Bruguiere, 1792
Cerithium nodulosum Hornell, 1921
Cerithium nodulosum Mallik, 1979
Cerithium erythraeonense Lamarck, 1822
Cerithium omissum Bayle, 1880
Cerithium tuberosum G.B. Sowerby II, 1855
Contumax decollata Hedley, 1899
Mathilda eurytima Melvill & Standen, 1896
Murex nodulosus Bruguiere, 1792
Murex tuberosus Dillwyn, 1817

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy, Coastal


• Lakshadweep (Lat: 11) (Long: 72.5) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 05/04/1984)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chidiya Tapu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock (Lat: 11.97) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Middle Andaman (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.83) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Neil Island (Lat: 11.83) (Long: 93.05) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair (Lat: 11.67) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar (Lat: 9.17) (Long: 92.78) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Camorta INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa
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