Cypraea (Nucleolaria) nucleus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Pasquale Fazzini

Size: 3 cm.

Color: Top yellow-brown, shiny, nodules ringed with brown, base and sides white, pale fawn or orange, teeth orange or tan, dorsum yellowish brown or ash-gray.

Shell small, broadly ovate, teeth divide on the base, bulbously inflated, dorsum with numerous raised, coarse and closely arranged nodules or pustules, fine transverse riblets connecting the pustules; extremities produced and rostrate, constricted, slightly recurved; dorsal longitudinal groove quite deep and distinct in adult shells.

Base convex and transversely numerous strong, conspicuous lines and teeth bordered with reddish lines; aperture narrow and sometimes more curved posteriorly, labial teeth more numerous, but unlike the columellar ones extending right across the base to the outer margin, fossula shallow and dentate.

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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, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) 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
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -

Page last updated on:2010-06-22

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