Phalium areola [Status Unaccepted]   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Marcus Coltro FEMORALE

Size: 90 mm in length

Color: White with 5 rows of rhomboidal brown spots and outer edge of shield with pink-brown tinge.

Outer lip thick and recurved, broader especially towards the base, with 22 widely separated teeth, lower half of columella and parietal shield with irregular coarse, spiral ridges anterior canal deep and slightly deflected to the left. Spire and shoulder of penultimate whorl cancellate, without any nodes, body whorl smooth and glossy with a well-developed varix.

Synonym (s)
Bezoardicella areola (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Junior synonym)
Cassidea areola Bruguiere, 1792
(Junior synonym)
Phalium agnitum Iredale, 1927
(Junior synonym)
Phalium areala (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Orissa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Off Mandapam INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Sundaram, KS; Sarvesan, R; Mohamed, KH and Shanbhogue, SL (1969) Catalogue of molluscs, prawns, stomatopods and marine algae in the reference collections of the central marine fisheries research institute Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 9 1-52 Available at -
  • 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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