Cerithidea alata   (Philippi,  1849) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda
Order:[unassigned] Caenogastropoda

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Size: Shell upto 25 mm in length

Color: Grayish brown; interior of aperture, columella and outer lip white.

Shell small, thick,whorls 12 to 13, sutures distinct, traversed by a thread. Aperture elongate ovate, outer lip and inner lip meet posteriorly at a point beyond the shell plane, siphonal sinus hollow and short; outer lip reflects over the sinus; sculptured with rounded, rectangular, close-set axial nodules; three on each whorl; on the body whorl the nodules coalesce together forming broad flattened raised interspaces separated by shallow grooves.

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• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal, Sunderbans INDIA
• Andra Pradesh INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andaman & Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Indian Ocean (Lat: 5.93) (Long: 76.36)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Das, AK and Roy, MKD (1989) A general account of the mangrove fauna of Andaman and Nicobar islands Fauna of conservation areas Zoological survey of India 1-152 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • BioLib. cz Available at - http://www.biolib.cz/
  • 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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