Cerithium tenellum   G.B. Sowerby II,  1855 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda
Order:[unassigned] Caenogastropoda

Size: 3 cm.

Color: White, sometimes pink, usually with brown pepper spots in spiral rows in the interspaces, spots sometimes coalesce to form spiral lines.

Thick, fusiform, turreted, whorls slightly convex, sometimes angulate centrally, sculpture of adult whorls very variable, usually consisting of fine spiral cords and 4-5 spiral rows of elevated nodules, the first and second rows below the suture often more prominent but all rows may be subequal, varix well formed, placed oposite the lip, aperture fusiform-ovate, wide, outer lip thick, crenulate, slightly concave below the suture, anterior canal short, oblique, posterior canal well developed, bordered by a strong parietal plait, columella concave, with a thickly calloused lip.

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Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Pamban (Lat: 9.25) (Long: 79.33) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1993) Australian marine shells 1 1-408 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
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune

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