Chicoreus axicornis   Lamarck,  1822 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: George Sangiouloglou

Size: Length 20-52.15 mm; diameter 9.85-38.73 mm; length of aperture 5.25-10.55 mm; length of spire 6.20-16.70 mm.

Color: Light brown, interior of aperture white.

Protoconch consists of 2½ whorls, smooth, sculpture starts from 3rd whorl, sharp ridge demarcates the protoconch and teleconch at lower part of 2nd whorl; suture deep. Spire high with 8 post nuclear whorls, body whorl small, suture deep; aperture ovate, anal sulcus inverted ‘U’ shape, outer lip erect, dentate, interior lirate, inner lip detached; siphonal canal long; body whorl with 3 varices, spines foliaceous, axial sculpture with 2 prominent ridges between varices, shoulder spines largest followed by 2 smaller spines on lower part of body whorl, followed by very short spines bent backward, siphonal canal with 2 moderately long spines.

Synonym (s)
Euphyllon axicornis Cernohorsky, 1967
Murex axicornis Lamarck, 1822
Murex axicornis Smith, 1904
Murex axicornis Smith, 1906
Chicoreus axicornis Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Depth: (100-170) mts)
• SRI LANKA (Depth: 62 mts)

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
  • Subba Rao, NV and Surya Rao, KV (1993) Contribution to the knowledge of Indian marine molluscs: Pt. 3. Family: Muricidae Occasional paper no 153 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 133 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -

Page last updated on:2010-06-14

Back to Search