Ficus variegata   Roeding,  1798 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Littorinimorpha
Family:Ficidae

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Description
Size: Length 15.20 - 70.90 mm, maximum diameter 9.20 - 45.40 mm, minimum diameter 7.10 - 36.80 mm.

Color: Bluish-grey or brown transversed normally by 4-5 conspicuous white bands with brown marks on them and maculated with scattered dark-brown, white blotches; sutural area is white.

Shell is thin, pyriformly ventricose, bulbous at the shoulder, spire depressed; surface sculptured with regular closest spiral ridges with finer intermediate ridges and longitudinal lirae in the interstices; aperture wide, long and violet in color; columella concave siphonal canal turned towards left.


Synonym (s)
Pyrula sewelli Prashad, 1927
Ficus laevigata Reeve, 1847
Ficus ficus Gravely, 1942
Ficus variegata Cernohorsky, 1972
Ficus variegata Roeding, 1798
Ficus variegata Mookherjee, 1985

Common Name (s)
• Varigated Fig
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA (Record: 25/01/1957)
• Tamil Nadu, Tharangambadi INDIA (Record: 2/2/1957, 1991)
• Tamil Nadu, Kodikkarai INDIA (Record: 8/2/1962)
• Tamil Nadu, Agasthiampalli INDIA (Record: 17/02/1968)
• Tamil Nadu, Vedaranyam INDIA (Record: 18/02/1968)
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 25/02/1968, 1991)
• Tamil Nadu, Virapandianpatnam INDIA (Record: 19/02/1975, 27/01/1978)
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA (Record: 18/01/1978)
• Tamil Nadu, Tiruchendur INDIA (Record: 25/01/1978)
• Gujarat, Kachchh INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1985, 1991)
• Tamil Nadu, Nagapattinam INDIA (Record: 1985, 1991)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 1985, 1991)
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA (Record: 1985, 1991)
• Orissa, Puri INDIA (Record: 1985, 1991)
• Persian Gulf (Record: 1985, 1992)
• Makran Coast PAKISTAN
• Red Sea (Record: 1985, 1992)
• Gulf of Aden (Record: 1985, 1992)
• MAURITIUS
• MADAGASCAR
• Zanzibar Island TANZANIA
• Natal SOUTH AFRICA
• SRI LANKA
• Maungmagan MYANMAR
• Pedang INDONESIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• MAURITIUS
• PAKISTAN
• Orissa, Off Paradwip INDIA (Record: 31/01/1972)
• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Kerala, Malabar Coast INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• West Bengal, Sandheads INDIA (Record: 1991, 1992)

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
  • (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
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at - http://clade.ansp.org/obis/find_mollusk.html
  • Ramakrishna; Sarkar, J and Talukdar, S (2003) Marine invertebrates of Digha coast and some recomendations on their conservation Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 101(3-4) 1 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Subba Rao, NV; Dey, A and Barua, S (1992) Estuarine and marine molluscs Fauna of West Bengal Part 9 (State fauna series 3) ZSI, Calcutta 129-268 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at - http://www.gastropods.com/
  • Raut, D; Ganesh, T; Murty, NVSS and Raman, AV (2005) Macrobenthos of Kakinada Bay in the Godavari delta, East coast of India: comparing decadal changes Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science Elsevier 62(4) 609-620 Available at - http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2004.09.029
  • 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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