Nerita (Amphinerita) polita   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Shell Size: 38 mm in height.

Color: Highly variable in color, ranging from greenish brown to gray either with bands or maculations. Columella yellowish white, outer lip fringed with yellow. Operculum gray, outer margin with chestnut-brown zone.

Shell of medium size, obliquely ovate and thick, smooth, whorls 3, narrowly rounded, laterally compressed towards the aperture, body whorl large . Spire minute and more or less completely depressed. Aperture lunate, porcelaneous and polished, Columella with thick and extensive callus, smooth and glossy, margin with three to six denticles.

Synonym (s)
Nerita polita Linnaeus, 1758
Nerita polita Smith, 1906
Nerita (Amphinerita) polita Rajagopal & Mookherjee, 1978

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 27/03/1984)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 6/4/1984)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 10/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 15/03/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 22/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Pitti INDIA (Record: 22/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Andra Pradesh 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -

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