Cymatium (Gutturnium) muricinum   Roding,  1798 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: G. & Ph. Poppe

Size: 6 cm.

Color: Exterior usually blue-grey or fawn-grey flecked or blotched with brown, sometimes dark brown with a central white spiral band, outer lip and columella glazed, glossy white or yellow, interior red or purple-brown.

Solid and stout, spire moderately high, stepped, anterior canal narrow but moderately short and upturned, varixes broad and heavy, sculptured with 4-5 nodulose axial folds, crossed by strong, irregularly granulose, spiral ribs and striae, outer lip with denticles (sometimes divided) on the inner margin, columella thickly calloused, the callus spreading onto the parietal wall, and reflected over the base, with a low nodule beside the posterior canal and a few weak folds anteriorly.

Synonym (s)
Distorsio muricina Roding, 1798
Littiopa obesa C.B. Adams, 1850
Ranella gyrinata Risso, 1826
Triton antillarum D'Orbingy, 1842
Triton crispus Reeve, 1844
Triton productum Gould, 1852
Triton pyriformis Conrad, 1849
Triton tuberosum Lamarck, 1822
Tritonium nodulus Link, 1807

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 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
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • 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
  • Poppe, GT and Poppe, P (1996) Conchology, Inc. Conchology, Inc. Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -

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