Murex tenuirostrum tenuirostrum   Lamarck,  1822 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 26.72-90.70 mm; diameter 15.31-42 mm; length of spire 8.12-19.35 mm; length of aperture 7.10-15.05 mm; length of the canal 12.66-58.30 mm.

Color: Ivory to golden brown, intervarical nodules pale, outer lip with red-brown spots behind the notches; creamy white, apeture white; operculum thin, horny reddish brown with excentric nucleus.

Spire high, suture simple, crossed by minute frilled axial lamellae, conical protoconch of 3 ½ whorls, teleoconch of up to eight whorls, with three primary spines on the body whorl varixes, the shoulder spine longest (it may be extremely long), three downward-pointing intermediary secondaries and randomly developed tertiary spinelets, siphonal canal with 4-5 rather short major spines, downward-pointing secondaries usually present, outer lip notched, labral tooth small, inner lip erect for almost the entire length, operculum red-brown, nucleus subterminal, concentrically ridged.

Synonym (s)
Murex tribulus Cernohorsky, 1967
Murex ternispina Fair, 1976
Murex tenuirostrum tenuirostrum Lamarck, 1832
Murex tenuirostrum Deshayes and Milne Edwards, 1839
Murex tribulus D'Attilio, 1979
Murex tribulus Abbott and Dance, 1982
Murex tenuirostrum tenuirostrum Ponder and Vokes, 1988
Murex tribulus Surya Rao and Subba Rao, 1991

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep Sea
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Neill Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Neil Island (Lat: 11.83) (Long: 93.05) 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 -
  • 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

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