Chicoreus banksii   Sowerby,  1841 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 10 cm.

Color: Light brown with dark brown varixes, aperture white.

Siphonal canal relatively long, straight or slightly recurved at the end, varixes bearing 8-9 broad, long, finely scaled fronds, the frond on the shoulder bifurcate and longest, usually there is a conspicuous spineless gap between the suture and the shoulder, intervarical sculpture of 1-3 rough, axially elongate nodules at the shoulders and numerous major and minor scaly spiral cords, aperture ovate, anal sulcus shallow, V-shaped, bordered by a small parietal nodule, outer lip barely erect, its edge finely crenulate behind the shoulder but otherwise dentate, columellar lip adherent posteriorly, slightly detached and flaring anteriorly.

Synonym (s)
Murex (Chicoreus) banksii Melvill, 1901
Murex bankii Sowerby, 1841
Murex banksii Sowerby, 1841
Murex (Chicoreus) banksii Melvill, 1928
Chicoreus banksii 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
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Persian Gulf

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 -
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1994) Australian marine shells 2 1-370 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -

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