Homalocantha secunda   (Lamarck,  1822) (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Neogastropoda
Family:Muricidae

Description
Size: Length 22.73-39.42 mm; diameter 15-28.54 mm; length of aperture 6.02-9.68 mm; length of spire 8.15-10.86 mm; length of the canal 8.95-18.15 mm.

Color: Fawn or light brown or chestnut brown, spines darker, interior white.

Broadly fusiform and moderately low-spired, with a flattened apearance caused by the wide last varix, suture obscured by the succeeding whorl, with 5-6 varixes but only the final one fully developed, varixes connected across the sutures, last varix with four major, spinelets, canal bearing two major and two minor projections, spiral sculpture of scaly cords, outer lip edge barely erect, finely dentate, finely lirate within.


Synonym (s)
Murex secunda Lamarck, 1822
Murex secunda Lamarck, 1822
(Basionym)
Homalocantha secunda Cernohorsky, 1971
Homalocantha secunda Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976
Homalocantha secunda D' Attilio, 1983

Common Name (s)
• Scorpion Murex
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Rocky, Coastal

Biogeography


• SRI LANKA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai beach INDIA
• 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
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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 - http://www.gastropods.com/
  • Association francaise de conchyliologie Available at - http://www.xenophora.org/index.php

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