Muricanthus kuesterianus   (Tapparone-Canefri,  1875) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 38.10-61.95 mm; diameter 27.06-44.60 mm; length of aperture 13.10- 22.95 mm; length of spire 15.07-21.40 mm; length of the canal 12.98-21.74 mm.

Color: Dark brown, interior of aperture white with light purplish brown margin.

Shell broad; spire low with five angular whorls; suture obscure; anal sulcus broad and deep, delimited by parietal ridge. Aperture large, ovate, outer lip erect, strongly dentate, inner side lirate, few of the denticles on lower part fused to form a prominent labial tooth, inner lip adherent, smooth, slightly detached and twisted anteriorly. Siphonal canal broad, short, narrowly open, distally curved. Body whorl large, globose, with seven to eight rounded varices. Spiral sculpture with major and minor cords, rounded, shoulder region with short, ventrally open spines, more prominent on spire forming into an angle, near the anterior region each varix develops into a prominent, short, ventrally open spine forming into a sort of cluster, preceded by very short spines. Canal with a large stout spine.

Synonym (s)
Murex kuesterianus Tapparone-Canefri, 1875
Murex virgineus Subrahmanyam et al., 1952
Murex virgineus Menon et al., 1961
Muricanthus kuesterianus Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Arabian Sea (Lat: 20.62) (Long: 69.41) INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha Port INDIA
• Gujarat, Sikka INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Gulf of Oman 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 (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune

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