Xenophora (Onustus) indica   (Gmelin,  1791) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Upto 60 mm in height.

Color: Cream colored, base white from ridge to umbilicus.

Shell moderately large; thin; delicate and depressed with very faint sutures. Attaches small pebbles or bits of shells only to tirst two or three whorls, the process is discontinued in the adult stage. Base concave and deeply umbilicate, outer edge of aperture a flat ridge and from here fine growth lines extend into the umbilicus, a thin, smooth, shiny irregular skirt outside the ridge. Sculptured with close-set. fine, radial riblets crossed by oblique, uneven striations.

Synonym (s)
Onustus helvacea (Philippi, 1852)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans 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
  • www.seashellhub.com Available at - http://www.seashellhub.com/

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