Diminovula punctata   (Duclos,  1831) (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Littorinimorpha
Family:Ovulidae

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Description
Size: Length 2 - 5 mm.

Shells are smaller, roundly pyriform with extremities produced; dorsum is with three pairs of brown blotches and closest transverse striae; teeth feebly developed in the outer lip.

Cypraeids generally in warmer months lay eggs in capsular forms on rocks and corals and dead shells and sometimes on weeds. Just after hatching the larvae are discharged in the surrounding water. Finally they settle on some substrate and rapidly develop there.

Synonym (s)
Ovula punctata Duclos, 1831
Primovula (Diminovula) punctata Allan, 1962
Diminovula punctata Cernohorsky, 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA (Record: 22/12/1979)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/

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