Dentalium elpis   (Winkworth,  1927) (Tusk Shell)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Scaphopoda

Size: 24 mm in length and 2 mm width.

Color: Shell is pale bluish white for the most part

Shell surface very finely and closely ribbed over more than half the length from the posterior end while anterior end is smooth; ribs are slightly raised. There are also fine, evenly developed growth lines which are visible under the lens on the smooth, glossy anterior part of the shell.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Maharashtra, Rajapur Bay INDIA (Record: 03/1989, 09/1989, 01/1990)
• Gujarat, Saurashtra INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Harkantra, SN and Parulekar, AH (1994) Soft sediment dwelling macro-invertebrates of Rajapur Bay, central west coast of India Indian Journal of Marine Sciences CSIR 23(1) 31-34 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Dholakia, AD (2004) Marine resources Fisheries and aquatic resources of India Daya publishing house 271-303 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Satyamurti, ST (1956) The Mollusca of Krusadai island in the Gulf of Mannar II.- Scaphopoda, Pelecypoda and Cephalopoda Bulletin of the Madras Government 1(2) 202 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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