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

Image copyrights: G. & Ph. Poppe

Size: Length 25.44-94.24 mm; length of aperture 5.70-22.58 mm; length of spire 6.84-22.29 mm; length of the canal 14.24-53.54 mm.

Color: White, cream or tan, tips of spines sometimes purple.

Spire low, suture simple and crossed diagonally by growth lamellae, teleoconch of eight whorls, body whorl sculptured with nodulose primary and secondary spiral cords and 4-5 intervarical ridges, shagreened, body whorl varixes bear three heavy, slightly curved primary spines, short intermediary secondary spines, and sometimes very small tertiary spinelets, siphonal canal with 5-7 long primary spines, slightly recurved at the ends, secoundary spines lacking, outer lip crenulate, labral tooth small, aperture wall lirate, inner lip thick erect in the anterior two thirds, operculum red-brown, with subcentral nucleus and raised, non-foliate, concentric lamellae.

Synonym (s)
Murex (Acupurpura) nigrispinosus Habe, 1964
Murex nigrispinosus Reeve, 1845
Murex tribulus Radwin & D'Attilio, 1976
Murex ternispina Lamarck, 1822
Murex nigrispinosus Reeve, 1846
Murex ternispina Ponder and Vokes, 1988
Murex ternispina Lamarck, 1822
(Senior synonym)
Murex tribulus (non Linnaeus, 1758)
Acupurpura nigrispinosa (Reeve, 1845)
(Junior synonym)
Murex nigrispinosa Reeve, 1845
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Gujarat, Bhadreswar INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Neill Island INDIA
• Gujarat, Kachchh 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 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
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • 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
  • Poppe, GT and Poppe, P (1996) Conchology, Inc. Conchology, Inc. Available at -

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