Asthenotoma vertebrata   (Smith)  (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Length: 6.85-8.90 mm
Diameter: 2.60-3.10 mm
Max height of the aperture: 1.80-2.95 mm

Color: Pale brown to white.

Shell small, subfusiform, variable in size, up to 7 mm in length. Sculptured with fine nodose lirations encircling the whorls just above the large central keel and other slender thread lines; whorls up to 9 including the 2 nuclear whorls.

Synonym (s)
Pleurotoma vertebrata Smith 1875
Asthenotoma vertebrata Ray 1968
Asthenotoma vertebrata Gravely 1942

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• West Bengal, Jharkhali INDIA (Record: 26/06/1986)
• West Bengal, North 24 Parganas INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Maharashtra INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Orissa INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Tamil Nadu INDIA (Record: 1992)
• Persian Gulf (Record: 1992)
• PAKISTAN (Record: 1992)
• Orissa, Off Puri INDIA (Record: 24/03/1916-29/03/1916)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri INDIA (Record: 1991)
• 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 -
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Maitra, S (1991) Marine molluscs State fauna series 1: Fauna of Orissa Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta Part 3 1-175 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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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