Chicoreus kilburni   Hourat and Pain  (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 49.08-91.82 mm; diameter 25.60-45.86 mm; length of aperture 13.78-23.95 mm; length of spire 25.40-46.56 mm; length of the canal 15-23.76 mm.

Color: Light brown to chocolate brown with dark pink ribs, interior of aperture white with large pink patch on parietal region.

Protoconch consists of 2½ whorls, sculpture starts from the last whorl, terminal part depressed like a cavity. Shell broadly rhomboidal, spire elevated with 7-8 post nuclear whorls, suture shallow, body whorl large, rhomboid. Aperture large, ovately rounded, anal sulcus inverted ‘V’ shaped, outer lip erect, denticulate, interior lirate, columella adherent but slightly detached anteriorly. Few ridges on posterior and tubercles on anterior margin. Siphonal canal medium, broad, narrowly open and recurved upwards towards right. Body whorl with 3 varices, axial sculpture with 2 or 3 ribs, one prominent, knob-like on its shoulder. Spiral sculpture with major and minor threads with fine nodules, varices developed to frondose spines, prominent on body whorl and less on spire; shoulder spine large, branched, followed by four equal size spines with spinelets in between; canal bears three spines.

Synonym (s)
Murex maurus Subrahmanyam et al., 1952
Chicoreus (Chicoreus) kilburni Hourat and Pain, 1982

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Daman and Diu, Goghla INDIA
• Gujarat, Chorwad INDIA
• Gujarat, Navibandar INDIA
• Gujarat, Subhasnagar INDIA
• Gujarat, Veraval INDIA
• Gujarat, Somnath INDIA
• Gujarat, Kotda INDIA
• Daman and Diu, Diu INDIA
• Daman and Diu, Vanakbara INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Corbyn's Cove INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Long Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, West Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Katchall INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Neil Island (Lat: 11.83) (Long: 93.05) 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 -
  • Subba Rao, NV and Dey, A (2000) Catalogue of marine molluscs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Occasional paper no 187 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 1-323 Available at - NCL, Pune

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