Pisania ignea   (Gmelin,  1791) (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Up to 35 mm in height

Color: Yellowish with dark brown axial flames and blotches, aperture
dull white

Shell of medium size, narrow, thin, spire almost as high as the
body whorl, apex usually eroded. Aperture moderately wide, outer lip thin, weakly fluted, occasionally with obsolete teeth in the posterior half and a distinct and strong denticle at the posterior end bordering the canal, columella smooth and flexed at the base with a denticle at the posterior end. Surface smooth except for the growth striae, weak spiral cords at the base of the body whorl.

Synonym (s)
Buccinum igneum Gmelin, 1791
Pisania buccinulum Roeding, 1798

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 12.83) (Long: 90.87) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Appukuttan, KK; Chellam, A; Ramadoss, K; Victor, ACC and Meiyappan, MM (1989) Molluscan resources Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 43 77-92 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/2641/1/Article_12.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • 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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