Naquetia triqueter   (Born,  1778) (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 26.75-56.05 mm; diameter 12.86-26.70 mm; length of aperture 8.84-14.66 mm; length of spire 10.70-29.70 mm; length of the canal 9.22-15 mm.

Color: Creamy brown with dark brown bands, 2-3 on body whorl and blotches on rest. Interior of aperture white.

Rather slender, anterior canal moderately long, curved, whorls nodulose at the shoulder with three intervarical costae and numerous spiral ribs, varices broad, laminate, slightly projecting at the shoulder and with small spines anteriorly, ventral surface with a finely imbricate, sugary texture, outer lip minutely dentate, columellar lip with a few weak denticles posteriorly.

Synonym (s)
Murex (Pteronotus) trigonulus Tryon, 1880
Murex triqueter Born, 1778
Murex triqueter Tryon, 1880
Pterynotus triqueter Cernohorsky, 1967
Pterynotus (Naquetia) triqueter Vokes, 1968
Naquetia trigonula Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976
Naquetia triquetra Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976
Murex roseotinctus Sowerby, 1860
Murex trigonulus Lamarck, 1816
Murex triqueter Born, 1778
Purpura cancellata Roding, 1798
Purpura variegata Roding, 1798
Triplex flexuosa Perry, 1811

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• 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, Andamans 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
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, 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
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • 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 -
  • Rao, GC (1991) Distribution of plants and animals on the rocky sea shores of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 7(2) 30-42 Available at - NIO, Goa

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