Strombus (Gibberulus) gibberulus gibberulus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: 6 cm.

Color: Exterior white with spiral bands of brown blotches, interior white, or tinted with violet, brown or yellow, columella often with an elongate brown patch.

Shell is solid, fusiform, attenuated towards the base with whorls distorted; spire transversely ridged and striated; penultimate whorl giving last part of the body whorl a descending show and ultimately a distorsion to the entire shell. Columella smooth white, flushed with violet; inner edge of outer lip with a purple axial band crossed by whitish spiral lirae. Posterior canal is shot and dark brown at its base; stromboid notch deep.

Synonym (s)
Strombus gibberulus Linnaeus, 1758
Strombus gibberulus Smith, 1906
Strombus gibberrulus Hornell, 1921
Strombus (Gibberulus) gibberulus gibberulus Mookherjee, 1985
Strombus (Gibberulus) gibberulus gibberulus Abbott, 1960

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 1/1/1980)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 30/03/1984)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 27/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Karachi PAKISTAN
• Red Sea
• Orissa, Puri INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nancowry Harbour INDIA
• Cocos (Keeling) Atoll
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chidiya Tapu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock (Lat: 11.97) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman (Lat: 10.75) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Camorta INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair (Lat: 11.67) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Neil Island (Lat: 11.83) (Long: 93.05) 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 -
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1993) Australian marine shells 1 1-408 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Poppe, G Eddie's shell catalogue 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
  • Mookherjee, HP (1985) Contributions to the Molluscan fauna of India, Part III. Marine molluscs of the Coromandel coast, Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar - Gastropoda: Mesogastropoda (Part-2) Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 75 ZSI, Calcutta 93 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Maitra, S (1991) Marine molluscs State fauna series 1: Fauna of Orissa Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta Part 3 1-175 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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

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