Cymatium (Gutturnium) retusum   (Lamarck,  1843) (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda


Size: Height 16.50 - 19.80 mm, maximum diameter 20.40 - 24.45 mm, minimum diameter 17.00 - 20.30 mm

Color: Surface color is white, maculated and banded with reddish-brown

Shell is thick, club-shaped with a varix, spire depressed, apex generally blunt; whorls rounded, slightly angulated at the upper part; upper ribs obtusely noduled and the lower ones faintly; strong varix present just behind the thick outer lip; anterior spindle-shaped; columella wrinkled with a solid expanded lip; anterior canal very narrow, straight, elongated; outer lip outwardly very thick and inwardly with swollen teeth.

Synonym (s)
Triton retusum Lamarck, 1843
Cymatium retusum Gravely, 1942

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island INDIA (Record: 22/01/1978)
• Persian Gulf
• Gulf of Oman
• Makran Coast PAKISTAN
• 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 -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -

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