Melampus pulchella   (Petit,  1842) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda
Order:[unassigned] Pulmonata

Length: 4.65-7.90 mm.
Diameter: 2.30-4.15 mm.
Max height of the aperture: 3.10-4.85 mm.

Shell perforate, ovately fusiform, solid; spire convexly conoid, apex mucronate; suture linear; whorls 6-7; columellar plait strong; peristome thin; outertip margins sharp; columellar margin short.

Synonym (s)
Auricula pulchella Petit, 1842
Melampus pulchella Pfeiffer, 1857

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Ecosystem balance
(Individuals of this species congregate in the crevices of stones of the dyke constructed on the bank to prevent erosion)

Habitat:  Coastal


• West Bengal, Port Canning INDIA
• West Bengal, Haldia INDIA (Record: 14/04/1987)
• West Bengal, Medinipur INDIA
• West Bengal, North 24 Parganas INDIA
• Maharashtra 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 -
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune

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