Littorina scabra [Status Unaccepted]   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Color: Variable; The color of the shell is generally dark mottled brownish; the darker brown spots usually tend to aggregate to form transpirally elongated oblique patches, which are sometimes well marked only near the sutures and the angular part of the body whorl, but sometimes extend more or less throughout the surface.

The shell is moderately large, generally attaining a length of 1- 1.2 inches though it is by no means uncommon to find much smaller specimens measuring of an inch in length or even less, living side by side with larger ones. The whorls are inflated and the spire is considerably elevated, with a sharply pointed apex. The body whorl is more or less sharply angular below, the angular part being marked by a slightly raised, sharp spiral ridge. The surface of the whorls is uniformly and finely spirally grooved throughout.

Synonym (s)
Littorina scabra Linne, 1758
Littorina scabra Reeve, 1858
Littorina scabra Weinkauff, 1878
Littorina scabra Tryon, 1894
Littorina scabra Schepman, 1908
Littorina scabra Crichton, 1941
Littorina scabra Gravely, 1942

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Pelagic


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA (Record: 1998)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2008)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rajagopal, S; Khan, SA; Srinivasan, M and Shanmugam, A (1998) Gastropods of Parangipettai coast Annamalai University 38 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Mayhew, R Schooner specimen shells Available at -
  • Rao, GC (1991) Distribution of plants and animals on the rocky sea shores of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 7(2) 30-42 Available at - NIO, Goa

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