Rhinoclavis (Rhinoclavis) vertagus   (Linnaeus,  1767) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda
Order:[unassigned] Caenogastropoda

Size: upto 58 mm in height

Color: Light to dark brown, early whorls, aperture and columella white.

Shell moderately large in size, solid and heavy, narrowing anteriorly, 12 to 13 whorls; sutures deep and uneven. Aperture narrowly ovate; outer lip thickened, smooth and slightly expanded; columella with calus and a central fold; shallow groove around callus, anterior canal long and recurved, anal canal rudimentary.
Sculptured with strong axial ribs and spiral cords on the spire whorls except the protoconch and the first few whorls, ribs become obsolete on the penultimate whorl and almost absent on the body whorl.

Synonym (s)
Cerithium (Rhinoclavis) vertagus (Linnaeus, 1767)
Cerithium despectum Perry, 1811
Cerithium vertagus (Linnaeus, 1767)
Clava vertagus (Linnaeus, 1767)
Murex vertagus Linnaeus, 1767
Rhinoclavis vertagus (Linnaeus, 1767)
Vertagus vertagus (Linnaeus, 1767)
Vertagus vulgaris Schumacher, 1817

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock (Lat: 11.97) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman (Lat: 10.75) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair (Lat: 11.67) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Camorta INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Trinket Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV and Dey, A (2000) Catalogue of marine molluscs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Occasional paper no 187 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 1-323 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.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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