Volva volva   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 10 cm.

Color: Cream or flesh-pink, outer lip white, interior light brown. Foot and mantle flesh-coloured, mantle with large irregular brown mound-like pustules bearing black terminal papillae.

Shell large; dorsum gently arched with fine transverse striae; aperture elongate, wide anteriorly; extremities drawn into very long, sligtly curved and obliquely ridged canals; columella smooth, outer lip expanded and with thick margin.

Synonym (s)
Bulla volva Linnaeus, 1758
Ovula aspera Perry, 1811
Ovula textoria Roding, 1798
Volva lemurica Schilder, 1941
Volva volva cumulata Iredale, 1931

Common Name (s)
• Shuttle Shell
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar 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
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at - http://clade.ansp.org/obis/find_mollusk.html
  • 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/
  • 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

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