Patella flexuosa [Status Unaccepted]   Quoy & Gaimard,  1834 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 14-42 mm.

Color: Dull white, sometimes sparingly specked, lined, or with zigzag dark-brown markings in the rib interstices, but the outer surface is usually lime-encrusted. The interior is porcellanous, more or less white, and the spatula may be white, yellowish, orange-brown, or sometimes dark-slate.

Shell rather small, up to 42 mm in length, typically roundly-octagonal, with the apex nearly central, sculptured with 8 or 9 rounded radial folds that project strongly at the margin. The entire surface, folds and interstices alike, is densely sculptured with secondary, crisp, scabrous to spinose cords. In some forms the primary and secondary radials become nearly equal, in which cases the octagonal outline is modified to a crenulated oval.

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Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated,Rocky


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Gulbin, VV and Evseev, GA (1997) Intertidal Prosobranch Gastropods of Vietnam Galaxea Ryukyus University, Japan 13(2) 157-166 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Powell, AWB (1973) The Patellid Limpets of the World (Patellidae) Indo-Pacific Mollusca Delaware Museum of Natural History Grenville, Delaware, U.S.A 3(15) 75-206 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, GC (1991) Distribution of plants and animals on the rocky sea shores of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 7(2) 30-42 Available at - NIO, Goa

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