Nerita (Heminerita) insculpta   Recluz,  1841 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Shell Size: 24 mm in height.

Color: Mixture of bright gray, black and white in different stretches, often with three black spiral bands. Operculum reddish-gray with white nucleus, inner surface dull gray.

Shell small, obliquely ovate, strongly arched, whorls 3, rather narrow, spire flatly impressed and small, apex blunt. Aperture semilunar, columella convex or straight, with 2 to 4 feebly developed teeth in the middle, outer lip raised extending up to the spire on the top, outer margin thin, sloping steeply inwards, inner side thickened, generally smooth or rarely with two weak or stout and longitudinally elongated teeth on the posterior part. Sculptured with 22 to 32 ribs of equal size, but in the upper half weak and strong ribs alternately arranged, interspaces densely cancellated with concentric striae.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Daniel, R (1985) Fauna of India and the adjacent countries (Coelenterata: Hydrozoa: Siphonophora) ZSI 440 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Arrow, GJ (1910) The fauna of India including Ceylon and Burma. Coleoptera Taylor and Francis, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street 322 pp
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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