Purpura buccinea   Deshayes  1844 (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Neogastropoda
Family:Muricidae

Description
Size: Length 43.93-53.76 mm; diameter 23.32-27.95 mm; length of aperture 24.85-30.35 mm; length of spire 20.60-28.45 mm.

Color: Aperture creamy white, outer lip margin dark chocolate brown, interior light brown, columella chocolate brown as well as body whorl.

Shell oblong, fusiform, thick, spire high, acute, consists of four to five rounded whorls, body whorl large, oblong. Aperture narrow, lineate, outer lip margin thick, finely crenulate, interior dentate, leading to ridges, eight to nine numbers, columella almost straight, smooth with an oblique fold in middle making an angle, anteriorly plicated, anal sulcus deep, inverted 'V' shaped. Axial sculpture with eight to nine broad ridges more prominent on spire, feebly visible on body whorl. Spiral sculpture consists of both broad and narrow scabrous cords, each broad cord followed by three narrow cords, seven to eight broad cords on body whorl.


Synonym (s)
Purpura buccinea Deshayes 1844
Purpura buccinea Reeve 1846
Purpura (Cronia) buccinea Tryon 1880

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1993)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ross Island INDIA (Record: 1993)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman INDIA (Record: 1993)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA (Record: 1993)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar INDIA (Record: 1993)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair (Lat: 11.67) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Katchall INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nancowry Island (Lat: 7.98) (Long: 93.53) 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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
  • 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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