Vexilla vexillum   (Gmelin,  1791) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 15.55-23.65 mm; diameter 4.05-12.75 mm; length of aperture 12.70-19.22 mm; length of spire 4.30-6.00 mm.

Color: Yellowish brown with dark brown bands, 8 in number on body whorl, 2-3 in spiral whorls, aperture white.

Shell small, ovate, smooth, spire short, acute consists of 3 rounded whorls. Body whorl large, oblong, aperture long, narrow, outer lip with 13 denticles. Columella smooth, calloused, twisted anteriorly. Canal short, broadly open.

Synonym (s)
Strombus vexillum Chemnitz, 1788
Strombus vexillum Gmelin, 1791
Purpura vexillum Lamarck, 1822
Vexilla vexillum Tryon, 1880
Vexilla vexillum Melvill and Standen, 1901
Vexilla vexillum Rippingale and Mc Micheal, 1961
Vexilla vexillum Cernohorsky, 1972

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Maharashtra, Mumbai 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 -
  • 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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