Cheilea equestris   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Littorinimorpha
Family:Hipponicidae

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Description
Size: 3 cm.

Color: White.

Shell is thick, asymmetrical, bowl-shaped; apex eccentric with beak-like prominence directed backward. Surface with raised closest, sharp-radiating ridges, interstices with finer striae to some extent incrusted and thrown into wrinkle-like spiral folds. Funnel-shaped calcareous internal appendage freely suspended from the apex.


Synonym (s)
Patella equestris Linnaeus, 1758
Calyptraea equestris Reeve, 1858
Mitrularia equesiris Tryon, 1886
Cheilea equestris Satyamurti, 1952
Mitrularia equestris (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA (Record: 03/05/1955)
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island INDIA (Record: 22/02/1968)
• Tamil Nadu, Tiruchendur INDIA (Record: 25/01/1978)
• Karachi PAKISTAN
• SRI LANKA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at - http://clade.ansp.org/obis/find_mollusk.html
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
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  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at - http://www.gastropods.com/
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  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in/PDF/coastal%20data.pdf
  • Sundaram, KS; Sarvesan, R; Mohamed, KH and Shanbhogue, SL (1969) Catalogue of molluscs, prawns, stomatopods and marine algae in the reference collections of the central marine fisheries research institute Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 9 1-52 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/570/1/Bulletin_9.pdf

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