Chicoreus virgineus   (Roding,  1798) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Color: The columella and the outer lip are edged with pink, while the rest of the interior of the aperture is whitish. The anterior canal is moderately long and is partially closed by a broad, horizontal fold from the basal prolongation of the body whorl. The outer surface is pale brown.

The shell is not only much thicker, heavier and more massive, but also relatively broad in proportion to its total length. The surface is traversed by close-set, fine, unequal spiral ridges, most of which are minutely granulated. The wide interspaces between the varices bear tubercles. The varices are much stouter and more raised and their folded processes are few, poorly developed and widely spaced. The columella bears a smooth, polished callus layer.

Synonym (s)
Murex ponderosus Sowerby, 1879
Murex virgineus var. ponderosa Gravely, 1942

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Off Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 06/2002-05/2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Dhanushkodi 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 -
  • Ramkumar, R and Edward, JKP (2004) Recruitment of epibenthic communities on artificial reefs in Tuticorin coastal waters, southeast coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 46(1) 108-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Samuel, VD; Chacko, D and Edward, JKP (2005) Preliminary study on the molluscan diversity of “the lost world’’– Dhanushkodi, east coast of India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 54-58 Available at -

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