Drupa (Ricinella) rubusidaeus   Roeding,  1798 (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 18.95-42 mm; diameter 15.95-40.45 mm; length of aperture 14.58-32.75 mm.

Color: Yellow, lip denticles white, outer margins of lip and columellar callus yellow, inner margins and interior lavender.

Ovate, humped, body whorl with five rows of nodules or open-sided spines, numerous fine scaly spiral cords ending as tiny denticles on the outer lip edge, and a high, spinose fasciole, inner margin of the outer lip with about 12 small even-sized denticles, columella reflected over the deeply channelled fasciole anteriorly, the outer edge serrate, with a thin glazed callus spreading onto the parietal wall, and 3-5 anterior plicate folds.

This species closely resembles Drupa speciosa but differs in having less elevated spire and arrangement of teeth on interior of outer margin in a single row, but not in groups.

Synonym (s)
Drupa rubusidaeus Hedley, 1913
Drupa rubusidaeus Roeding, 1798
Purpura hystrix Lamarck, 1822
Ricinula hystrix Hornell, 1921
Drupa (Ricinella) rubusidaeus Emerson and Cernohorsky, 1973
Purpura spathulifera Blainville, 1832
Ricinella purpurata Schumacher, 1817
Ricinula reeveana Crosse, 1862
Drupa rubusidaea Cernohorsky, 1967
Drupa (Ricinella) rubusidaeus Surya Rao and Subba Rao, 1991

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
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 1/1/1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1993)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea (Record: 1993)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arong INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar (Lat: 9.17) (Long: 92.78) 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1994) Australian marine shells 2 1-370 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Stender, GK and Stender, YO Marinelifephotography.com Available at - http://www.marinelifephotography.com/
  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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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