Natica (Naticarius) alapapilionis   (Roding,  1798) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Height 7.20 - 11.40 mm, maximum diameter 6.85 - 9.80 mm, minimum diameter 5.60 - 7.65 mm.

Color: Fawn-flesh with four widely separated narrow white spiral bands interrupted with squarish or rectangular dark-brown markings. Aperture purpils.

Shell is subglobose, umbilicated with exerted spire; whorls smooth with exerted impressed suture, suture obliquely plicated below; body whorl broadly expanded towards aperture; umbilicus large, white. Columellar callus extended at an oblique angle inside the groove.

Synonym (s)
Cochlis alapapilionis Roding, 1798
Natica alapapilionis Reeve, 1855
Natica (Naticarius) alapapilionis Cernohorsky, 1972

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA (Record: 24/05/1955)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Zanzibar Island TANZANIA
• Persian Gulf
• Gulf of Oman
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) 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 -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Subba Rao, NV and Dey, A (2000) Catalogue of marine molluscs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Occasional paper no 187 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 1-323 Available at - NCL, Pune

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