Morula anaxares   Kiener,  1836 (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Neogastropoda
Family:Muricidae

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Description
Size: Length 7.84 mm; diameter 5.75-13.28 mm; length of aperture 5.25-10.98 mm; length of spire 3.40-9.48 mm.

Color dirty grey to light brown with white bands, nodules white, aperture light violet streaked with white band, columella light violet, sometimes with white markings.

Shell moderately small, ventricose, spire short, acute, consists of four nodulose, whorls, body whorl obtusely ovate, angulate, aperture narrow, ovately elongate; anal sulcus open, outer lip thick, erect, crenulate, interior dentate with four rounded denticles. Inner lip smooth, adherent, anterior part with two to three plications. Sculpture consists of four spiral rows of nodules and striations, first two rows with larger nodules giving angular appearance, rest gradually decrease in size, canal short, open.


Synonym (s)
Drupa anaxares Melvill, 1928
Morula anaxares Cernohorsky, 1972
Purpura anaxares Kiener, 1835
Sistrum anaxares Melvill & Standen, 1901
Thais anaxares Gravely, 1942
Morula anaxeres Ray, 1977
Morula anaxeres Surya Rao and Subba Rao, 1991

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology

Biogeography


• 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: 27/03/1984, 05/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 10/3/1983, 15/02/1986)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 22/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• Persian Gulf
• Karachi PAKISTAN
• SRI LANKA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Corbyn's Cove INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 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 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
  • Tan, KS and Kastoro, WW (2004) A small collection of gastropods and bivalves from the Anambas and Natuna Islands, south China Sea The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 11 47-54
  • Ray, HC (1977) Contribution to the knowledge of the molluscan fauna of Maungmagan, Lower Burma (with descriptions of one new genus and species of the Family Turridae (Gastropoda) 8) Contribution to the knowledge of the molluscan fauna of Maungmagan, Lower Burma (with descriptions of one new genus and species of the Family Turridae (Gastropoda) 8) Indian Museum, Calcutta 1-150 Available at - Zoological Records (Burma marine)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Poppe, GT and Poppe, P (1996) Conchology, Inc. Conchology, Inc. Available at - http://www.conchology.be/en/home/home.php

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