Lambis lambis   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Littorinimorpha
Family:Strombidae

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Description
Max. size: 29.0 cm SHL (male).

Color: Exterior color variable, white-cream with brown or bluish patches, sometimes with thin brown periostracum. Interior rich pink, orange or purple.

Conspicuous shell, with coarse transverse ridges, large tubercles, and a heavy lip with seven more or less straight fingers of varying length. Sexual dimorphism pronounced. Shell of the males usually smaller and with shorter digitations on the outer lip.

Usually associated with fine red algae on which it feeds.


Synonym (s)
Lambis lambis (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Senior synonym)
Pterocera crocata (non Link, 1807)
(Misidentification)
Pterocera lambis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lambis adamii Bozzetti & Cossignani, 2003
Lambis cerea Roding, 1798
Lambis hermaphrodita Roding, 1798
Lambis laciniata Roding, 1798
Lambis lamboides Roding, 1798
Lambis lobata Roding, 1798
Lambis maculata Roding, 1798
Strombus lambis Linnaeus, 1758
(Basionym)

Common Name (s)
• Common Spider Conch (English)
• Five-fingered Chank (English)
• Aiviral Sangu (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries. Collected for food, and the shell used in shellcraft (ornamental molluscs))

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Off Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 06/2002-05/2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Dhanushkodi INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kiltan INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)

Literature Source(s)
  • Ramkumar, R and Edward, JKP (2004) Recruitment of epibenthic communities on artificial reefs in Tuticorin coastal waters, southeast coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 46(1) 108-112 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
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • Mayhew, R Schooner specimen shells Available at - http://www.schnr-specimen-shells.com/
  • 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
  • Sundaram, KS (1974) Edible gastropods The Commercial molluscs of India, CMFRI Bulletin CMFRI 25 54-62 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/644/1/ks_sundaram.pdf
  • Samuel, VD; Chacko, D and Edward, JKP (2005) Preliminary study on the molluscan diversity of “the lost world’’– Dhanushkodi, east coast of India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 54-58 Available at - http://www.sdmri.org/reports/proceedings%202005%20-%20sdmri.pdf
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, KS (1974) Other commercial molluscs The commercial molluscs of India Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 25 141-151 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/654/1/ksrao2.pdf
  • Appukuttan, KK; Chellam, A; Ramadoss, K; Victor, ACC and Meiyappan, MM (1989) Molluscan resources Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 43 77-92 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/2641/1/Article_12.pdf

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