Muricopsis bombayanus   (Melvill)  (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 13.72-35.30 mm; diameter 12.90-19.13 mm; length of aperture 7.90-18.38 mm; length of spire 7.05-19.09 mm.

Color: Light brown, aperture white.

Shell fusiform, spire elevated, acute, generally higher than body whorl including siphonal canal, consists of 5-6 angular whorls. Suture impressed, body whorl moderate, aperture oval, anal sulcus broad ā€˜Uā€™ shaped, outer lip erect, outer margin feebly crenulate, interior margin with 6 teeth, inner lip adherent posteriorly, detached anteriorly, smooth with 2-3 pustules anteriorly. Canal short, open, recurved upwards. Sculpture consists of 7 varices, lamellose shoulder region spinose, spiral sculpture with 4 major cords with single minor cord in between and scabrous. Canal with one major cord, bordered with 2 minor cords, interstices with scale like spines, shoulder ones more prominent.

Synonym (s)
Murex (Ocinebra) bombayanus Melvill, 1893
Murex (Ocinebra) bombayanus Melvill and Standen, 1901
Murex (Ocinebra) bombayanus Melvill, 1928
Ocinebra bombayana Hornell and Tomlin, 1951
Ocinebra bombayanus Subrahmanyam et al., 1952
Muricopsis bombayanus Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Gujarat, Madhavpur INDIA
• Gujarat, Mangrol INDIA
• Gujarat, Chorwad INDIA
• Gujarat, Kotda INDIA
• Gujarat, Navibandar INDIA
• Gujarat, Delvada INDIA
• Gujarat, Porbandar INDIA
• Gujarat, Veraval INDIA
• Gujarat, Muldwarka INDIA
• Daman and Diu, Devka INDIA
• Daman and Diu, Jampore INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri INDIA
• Goa, Panaji INDIA
• Karachi PAKISTAN
• Persian Gulf
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands 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 -
  • Das, AK and Roy, MKD (1989) A general account of the mangrove fauna of Andaman and Nicobar islands Fauna of conservation areas Zoological survey of India 1-152 Available at - NIO, Goa

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