Phalium (Semicassis) canaliculatum   (Bruguiere)  (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Littorinimorpha
Family:Cassidae

Description
Size: 28.60 mm.

Color: White with orange brown squarose blotches arranged in rows.

Shell ovately globose, spire elevated, whorl rounded. sutures deep, canaliculate; aperture ovate, anteriorly broad, posteriorly narrow, parietal shield present, columella plicated, canal short, wide, outer lip folded; sculptured with spiral grooves.

It closely resembles Phalium bisulcatum, another species which occurs on Indian coast, but differs in having deep subsutural channel in the last two whorls.



Synonym (s)
Cassidea canaliculata Bruguiere, 1792
Phalium (Semicassis) canaliculatum Abbott, 1968
Phalium (Semicassis) canaliculatum Mookherjee, 1985

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Coastal

Biogeography


• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• SRI LANKA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Manna, RN (1995) Mollusca Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilka lake ZSI, Calcutta 391-468 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

Page last updated on:2009-05-18

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