Nassarius foveolatus   (Dunker,  1847) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Length: 7.70-21.00 mm.
Diameter: 3.50-8.65 mm.
Max height of the aperture: 4.25-9.02 mm.

Color: Shell dull white with steel bluish color.

Shell oblongely ovate; spire sharp, elongated; sculptured with densely plicated fine longitudinal ribs; interstices cancellated; columella subrugose; outer lip varicose.

They also occur occasionally segregating (up to 75 individuals) in the shole.

Synonym (s)
Nassa foveolatus (Mss Dunker) Reeve, 1853
Buccinum foveolatum Dunker, 1847
Nassa foveolata Dunker, 1847
Nassa labida Reeve, 1854
Nassa planicostata A. Adams, 1852
Nassa planocostata A. Adams, 1852
Nassarius (Zeuxis) foveolatus (Dunker, 1847)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• West Bengal, Saptamukhi INDIA (Record: 02/09/1979)
• West Bengal, Sagar Island INDIA (Record: 02/09/1979)
• West Bengal, Digha INDIA (Record: 27/03/1984, 1992)
• West Bengal, Gosaba INDIA (Record: 17/09/1984)
• West Bengal, Jharkhali INDIA (Record: 20/09/1984, 23/02/1986)
• West Bengal, Port Canning INDIA (Record: 26/09/1984, 05/03/1986)
• West Bengal, Bhangankhali INDIA (Record: 01/03/1986)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA (Record: 21/06/1986)
• West Bengal, Medinipur INDIA
• West Bengal, North 24 Parganas INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada Bay INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV; Dey, A and Barua, S (1992) Estuarine and marine molluscs Fauna of West Bengal Part 9 (State fauna series 3) ZSI, Calcutta 129-268 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Raut, D; Ganesh, T; Murty, NVSS and Raman, AV (2005) Macrobenthos of Kakinada Bay in the Godavari delta, East coast of India: comparing decadal changes Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science Elsevier 62(4) 609-620 Available at -
  • Dey, M and Mitra, A (2005) Molluscan community around Digha coast, West Bengal, India Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 2(1&2) 43-47 Available at - NIO, Goa

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