Attiliosa nodulifera   (Sowerby,  1841) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 15.85-19.30 mm; diameter 11.25-14.45 mm; length of aperture 8.86-12.20 mm; length of spire 8-9.40 mm.

Color: Light brown, concealed by coral growth, interior white.

Protoconch consists of 2½ whorls, tip depressed, paucispiral, completed whorl high, sides evenly rounded, smooth, sculpture starts from the end of the last whorl, suture deep. Shell fusiform, spire high, acute, consists of 5 whorls, shouldered, body whorl large, broadly fusoid, suture wavy, impressed, aperture ovately rounded, outer lip thick, margin erect, crenulate, interior denticulate, consisting light denticles, inner lip smooth, posterior adherent, anteriorly detached, erect, with 3 prominent denticles anteriorly, canal short, narrowly open curved upwards terminally; body consists of 6 frondose varices, sculpture consists of fine scabrous cords, interstices with varices developed into spinose fronds decrease in size anteriorly, shoulder spines prominent, branched, followed by 2 spines. Spinelets in between, spiral whorls developed into single row of prominent short spines, recurved, open.

Synonym (s)
Murex exfoliatus Sowerby, 1882
Murex fruticosus Gould, 1849
Murex nodulifera Sowerby, 1841
Murex pagodus A. Adams, 1853
Murex noduliferus Sowerby, 1841
Murex (Phyllonotus) noduliferus Tryon, 1880
Poiriera nodulifera Cernohorsky, 1967
Muricopsis noduliferus Vokes, 1971
Muricopsis noduliferus Cernohorsky, 1976
Marchia nodulifera Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976
Attiliosa nodulifera Vokes and D'Attilio, 1982

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV and Surya Rao, KV (1993) Contribution to the knowledge of Indian marine molluscs: Pt. 3. Family: Muricidae Occasional paper no 153 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 133 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Mayhew, R Schooner specimen shells Available at -

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