Chicoreus cnissodus   (Euthyme,  1889) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 54.65 mm; diameter 32.10 mm; length of aperture 12.96 mm; length of spire 20.65 mm; length of the canal 17.45 mm.

Color: Light brown, threads slightly dark, aperture white.

Protoconch consists of 2½ whorls, elevated, sides rounded, smooth but mildly tuberculate, axial ridge on last whorl, suture deep. Shell of moderate size, fusiform, spire high consisting of 7 rounded post nuclear whorls. Suture deep, body whorl large, with 3 varices; aperture large ovate. Anal sulcus inverted ‘U’ shaped, outer lip erect, dented, interior lirate, columella slightly attached posteriorly, anteriorly detached. Siphonal canal long, shorter than spire, distally curved towards right. Body whorl with 3 longitudinal ridges, third one not prominent. Spire sculpture with lamellose threads, some threads slightly prominent and arranged at regular intervals; shoulder spine long, grooved and recurved upwardly, followed by four medium sized spines enclosing spinelets in between. Canal bears two prominent spines curved backward.

Synonym (s)
Murex cnissodus Euthyme, 1889
Chicoreus cnissodus Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976
Chicoreus cnissodus (Euthyme, 1889)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Bay of Bengal 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 -

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