Naquetia capucina   Roeding,  1798 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 28.10-65.25 mm; diameter 15.45-31.55 mm; length of aperture 7.75-19.40 mm; length of spire 9.90-34.92 mm; length of the canal 8.28-17.50 mm.

Color: Dark chestnut brown, interior white with light pink margin.

Shell moderate, fusiform, spire elevated, consisting of 6 subangulate post nuclear whorls; suture not clear. Body whorl medium, fusiform. Aperture ovate; anal sulcus deep, inverted ā€˜Vā€™ shaped. Outer lip thick, erect coarsely dentate. Inner side lirate with 7 prominent denticles. Inner lip adherent, smooth, with a prominent knob on posterior side, anteriorly slightly detached. Siphonal canal short, broad, moderately open, distally curved right, body whorl with 3 rounded, thick varices, thrown into number of folds, laminate. Axial sculpture with one to two low ridges intervarically. Spiral sculpture with alternate major and minor cords, minor cords bordered by narrow thread, intersection of these cords thrown out to low folds or frills and these frills more prominent on the canal, younger shells with a continuous webbing on the varices, touching the preceding whorl.

Synonym (s)
Chicoreus capucinus Cernohorsky, 1967
Murex (Naquetia) capucinus Tryon, 1880
Murex capucinus Lamarck, 1822
Purpura capucina Roeding, 1798
Murex capucinus Reeve, 1845
Naquetia capucina Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976
Naquetia capucina (Roding, 1798)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Perka INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mayabunder INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Das, AK and Roy, MKD (1989) A general account of the mangrove fauna of Andaman and Nicobar islands Fauna of conservation areas Zoological survey of India 1-152 Available at - NIO, Goa

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