Murex troscheli   Lischke,  1868 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 107.95 mm; length of aperture 23.50 mm; length of spire 30.60 mm; length of the canal 18.16 mm.

Color: Shell light brown with dark brown on the spiral cords, interior of aperture white.

Shell large, club shaped, spire high, with seven rounded whorls; suture deep, canaliculate, body whorl globose, medium size; aperture sublenticular to ovate, anal sulcus very shallow, broad, outer lip erect, crenulate, interior lirate, inner lip slightly attached posteriorly, detached weakly, erect anteriorly, smooth. Canal elongate straight, narrowly open, body whorl with three spinose varices. Axial sculpture five to six low costae, not prominent. Spiral sculpture with primary and secondary cords with fine threads, scabrous, spines given off at the intersection of the cords with varices. Spines long, solid, closed, curved upwardly. Body whorl with nine straight spines, on the canal gradually decreasing in length anteriorly; secondary set of spinelets almost perpendicular to primary ones, shoulder spine longest.

Synonym (s)
Murex heros Fulton, 1936
Murex ternispina var. rufolirata Schepman, 1911
Murex troscheli Lischke, 1868
Murex troscheli Smith, 1904
Murex troscheli Cernohorsky, 1967
Murex troscheli Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976
Murex troscheli troscheli Ponder and Vokes, 1988
Murex troscheli troscheli Lischke, 1868
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman Sea (Lat: 13.28) (Long: 90.11)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) 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 -
  • 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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