Malea pomum   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Eddie Hardy

Size: 6 cm.

Color: Fawn or cream-orange with large white spots on the ribs, interior yellow, columella and outer lip white or cream.

Spire with a nucleus of three smooth whorls and weakly incised suture, postnuclear whorls four, sculptured with strong, rounded spiral ribs (about 12 on the body whorl) separated by wide, shallow grooves, outer lip with about 10 strong teeth on its inner margin, those at the anterior end continuing across the lip to form outward-pointing spines.

Synonym (s)
Buccinum pomum Linnaeus, 1758
Dolium pomum Smith, 1906
Malea pomum Cernohorsky, 1972
Tonna pomum Mallik, 1979
Cadus pomum Roding, 1798
Dolium pomum Lamarck, 1822
Cassis labrosa Martini, 1773
Malea noronhensis Kempf & Matthews, 1969
Malea pommum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Quimalea pomum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Quimalea pomum Iredale, 1931
Quimalea pomum var. mcgregori Iredale, 1931

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 06/04/1984)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Cheriyam INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)

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
  • 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
  • Saad, MAH (1984) Proceedings of the Symposium on Coral Reef environment of the Red Sea King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia 1-681 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • 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 -
  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Appukuttan, KK; Chellam, A; Ramadoss, K; Victor, ACC and Meiyappan, MM (1989) Molluscan resources Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 43 77-92 Available at -

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