Terebellum (Terebellum) terebellum   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 40-50 mm.

Color: The predominant color is brown to yellowish brown. The variation of the intensity of the color and the color patterns is considerable.

Shell usually between 1.5 to 2 inches in length, slender, cylindrical, moderately heavy, and without a stromboid notch. Immature shells delicate. Aperture narrow, pointed above, regularly widening toward the base. Spire usually almost flat-sided, pointed, about half as high as the rest of the shell. Base of body whorl higher than base of columella. Outer lip slightly thickened. Inner lip with a callus which continues as a spiral band above the suture. Suture with a very deep, narrow channel running from the apex to the outer lip. Surface of adult shell smooth with the exception of faint growth lines. Adults with about 7 whorls.

Synonym (s)
Conus terebellum Linnaeus, 1764
Terebellum punctatum Chemnitz, 1899

Common Name (s)
• Terebellum Conch
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Rocky, Sandy, Muddy


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Island (Lat: 7.24) (Long: 93.74) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock (Lat: 11.97) (Long: 93) 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
  • 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
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Jung, P; Abbott, RT (1967) The genus Terebellum (Gastropoda: Strombidae) Indo-Pacific Mollusca The department of Mollusks, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 19th and the Parkway Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1(7) 445-456 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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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