Modulus tectum   (Gmelin,  1791) (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Caenogastropoda
Family:Modulidae

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Description
Size: 3 cm wide, 14 mm in height and 15 mm in diameter.

Color: Creamy-white with brownish dots.

Ovate, flat-topped, shoulder subangulate, bearing axially elongate nodules which may descend as oblique folds to the suture, with thin, slightly nodulose spiral cords, aperture almost circular, outer lip finely crenulate, columellar callus spreads onto the parietal wall, columellar tooth prominent.


Synonym (s)
Trochus tectum Gmelin, 1791
Modulus tectum var. candida Hornell, 1921
Modulus tectum Cernohorsky, 1972
Modulus candidus Petit de la Saussaye, 1853

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Sandy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 13/03/1983, 09/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• MALDIVES

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
  • 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
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1993) Australian marine shells 1 1-408 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at - http://www.gastropods.com/
  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa

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