Janthina globosa   Swainson  1822 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda
Order:[unassigned] Caenogastropoda

Color: Violet; region below the sutures is pale or whitish.

Shell large, evenly rounded, globular body whorl; spire short, whorls slightly inflated; suture depressed; surface of the whorls finely transpirally striated.

Synonym (s)
Janthina splendens Monterosato, 1884
Janthina prolongata Blainville, 1822
Janthina payraudeaui Locard, 1900
Janthina nitens var. minor Monterosato, 1878
Janthina nitens var. atlantica Morch, 1860
Janthina nitens Menke, 1828
Janthina nana Gray, 1842
Janthina iricolor Reeve, 1858
Janthina elongata Maravigna, 1838
Janthina decollata Carpenter, 1857

Common Name (s)
• Elongate Violet Snail (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2008)
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban (Lat: 9.29) (Long: 79.21) 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
  • Nagabhushanam, AK and Krishnan, S (1993) Observations on the distribution of some of the marine organism inhabiting the inter-tidal zone along the western continental shelf of the Bay of Bengal, with particular reference to the Tamil Nadu coastal strip Records of the Zoological Survey of India 93(3-4) 449-490 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • Gill, G and Ron, G (2004) Species list of marine molluscs on Silhouette Island 12
  • Fernando, AS and Fernando, OJ (2002) A field guide to the common invertebrates of the east coast of India Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology 1-258 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in/PDF/coastal%20data.pdf
  • Patagonian Shells Available at - http://www.patagonianshells.com.ar/
  • Satyamurti, ST (1952) The Mollusca of Krusadai island in the Gulf of Mannar I- Amphineura and Gastropoda Bulletin of the Madras Government 1(2) 265 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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