Cerithium scabridum   Philippi,  1848 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda
Order:[unassigned] Caenogastropoda

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Size: 23 mm in height.

Color: white with reddish brown spots on cords and nodules, aperture and columella white.

Shell small, slender and oblong, turreted, with 10 to 14 whorls and distinct sutures. Aperture narrow and obliquely ovate, with short and wide anterior canal and shallow posterior canal, flanked by strong columellar plait, outer lip thickened outside and crenulated inside, columella concave with strong callus. Sculptured with 2 or 3 dominant spiral cords crossed by strong axial ribs, nodular at intersection and flattened spiral lirae on interspaces, body whorl with five nodulose spiral cords on top and five to seven weakly beaded spiral cords on the base, several irregular arranged varices on the earlier whorls, a prominent varix on the body whorl opposite the aperture.

Synonym (s)
Cerithium (Thericium) scabridum Philippi, 1848
Cerithium adenense G.B. Sowerby II, 1865
Cerithium carnaticum Melvill & Standen, 1898
Cerithium nigropunctatum G.B. Sowerby II, 1855
Cerithium scabridum var. djiboutiensis H. Fischer & Vignal in Fischer, 1901
Cerithium scabridum var. hispida Pallary, 1938
Cerithium yerburyi E.A. Smith, 1891
Gourmya (Gladiocerithium) argutum barashi Nordsieck, 1974
Cerithium (Thericium) yerburyi E.A. Smith, 1891
Cerithium scabridum albida Dautzenberg & Bouge, 1933

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Sandy, Muddy


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Gujarat, Balapur Reef INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Karangadu Mangroves (Lat: 9.64) (Long: 78.94) INDIA (Record: 02/2010) (Depth: 1-2 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Karangadu Mangroves (Lat: 9.64) (Long: 78.96) INDIA (Record: 02/2010) (Depth: 1-2 mts)
• Gujarat, Saurashtra INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Madras INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in/PDF/coastal%20data.pdf
  • Gopalakrishnan, P (1970) Some observations on the shore ecology of the Okha Coast Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Cochin, India 120(1&2) 15-34 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Natural History Museum Rotterdam Available at - http://www.nmr-pics.nl/
  • Venkatesan, V; Kalidas, C; Zacharia, PU and Rajagopal, S (2010) Distribution of molluscan fauna in the Karangad estuarine mangroves, south east coast of India Advances in Environmental Sciences - International Journal of the Bioflux Society Bioflux 2 (2) 113-119 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/6960/1/083-AES_BIOGLUX_2010.pdf
  • Dholakia, AD (2004) Marine resources Fisheries and aquatic resources of India Daya publishing house 271-303 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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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