Morula nodicostata   Pease,  1868 (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Neogastropoda
Family:Muricidae

Description
Size: Length 9.95-21.25 mm; diameter 3.25-12.74 mm; length of aperture 2.68-14.65 mm; length of spire 2.48-9.18 mm.

Color: Pale grey to violet, tubercles white, interior, lip and columella violet; light chocolate brown, nodules white, alternate by purplish brown bands, aperture light violet with broad white band, interior columella with dark brown blotch posteriorly.

Stoutly biconical, suture crenulate, body whorl with three rows of large rounded tubercles decreasing in size anteriorly, the large shoulder tubercles crossed by fine spiral cords, interspaces smooth, outer lip with 5-6 small, evenly spaced denticles, columella with 2-3 short folds.


Synonym (s)
Engina nodicostata Pease, 1868
Gorgina purpureocincta Preston, 1909
Morula nodicostata Cernohorsky, 1972

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
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Long Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Neill Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chatham Jetty INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Camorta INDIA
• MYANMAR
• SRI LANKA
• 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 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
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1994) Australian marine shells 2 1-370 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Frank, B (1998) www.jaxshells.org Available at - http://www.jaxshells.org/index.html
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

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