Cellana radiata radiata   (Born,  1778) (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 15.95-23.52 mm; diameter 12.4-18.55 mm; height 3.95-7.2 mm

Color: Ground yellowish with streaks in purplish brown, the spatula chestnut-brown,except when varyingly clouded with whitish callus. In some examples the radial streaks are broken up into sparse dashes and chevrons.

Shell moderate size, up to 37 mm in length, of rather light built, roundly ovate, and with a subcentral nucleus. Sculpture consisting of numerous, regular, narrow, flat-topped radial riblets, separated by linear grooves. Coloration variable, the typical form maculated with 9 to 11 bifid radial streaks in purplish brown, upon a yellowish ground.

Synonym (s)
Acmaea travanconica Preston, 1911
Cellana rota Gmelin, 1791
Patella aster Reeve, 1855
Patella luzonica Reeve, 1855
Patella nimbus Reeve, 1855
Patella petalata Reeve, 1854
Patella radiata Born, 1778
Patella reynaudi Deshayes, 1832
Patella rota Gmelin, 1791
Patella scalata Reeve, 1855
Cellana radiata radiata Powell, 1973
Cellana radiata radiata Rajagopal & Mookherjee, 1978
Acmaea bombayana E.A. Smith, 1911
Helcioniscus rota (Gmelin, 1790)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Orissa, Gopalpur INDIA (Record: 18/03/1973)
• Andhra Pradesh, Bimlipatam INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • 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
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at - http://clade.ansp.org/obis/find_mollusk.html
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • 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 - http://www.gastropods.com/
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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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