Natica (Natica) tigrina   (Roeding,  1798) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 7.56-23.4 mm; diameter 7.05-17.6 mm.

Color: White with 14-16 spiral rows of reddish brown spots which may be spirally elongate, columella and funicle white, operculum not seen by this author.

Rather thin with a relatively tall spire and deeply impressed suture, parietal callus weak or lacking, umbilicus very narrow, partly filled by a small funicle.

The egg masses are laid in typical 'sand collars', which are reported to be common during premonsoon period.

Synonym (s)
Natica maculosa Lamarck, 1838
Natica maculosa Preston, 1915
Cochlis tigrina Roeding, 1798

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Sandy, Muddy


• Andhra Pradesh, Godavari Estuary (Lat: 16.63) (Long: 82.3) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Alibag Coast (Lat: 18.63) (Long: 72.88) INDIA
• Gujarat, Pirotan Island (Lat: 22.62) (Long: 69.97) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Orissa, Bagda INDIA (Record: 21/01/1972-22/01/1972)
• Orissa, Baleshwar INDIA (Record: 21/01/1972-22/01/1972)
• West Bengal, Digha INDIA
• West Bengal, Mooriganga Estuary INDIA
• West Bengal, Ganga Sagar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Coromandel Coast INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Gujarat, Pirotan Island INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• Orissa, Balaramguri INDIA (Record: 10/03/1973)
• Orissa, Talburai INDIA (Record: 03/11/1962-06/11/1962)

Literature Source(s)
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  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
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  • 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
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  • (2001) Fauna of Godavari estuary, Andhra Pradesh Estuarine ecosystem series 4 ZSI, Kolkata 1-166 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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