Pyrene scripta   Linnaeus  (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: 1.8 cm.

Color: White, greenish or yellow with thin zigzag axial lines and two spiral bands of brown axial blotches on the body whorl and another on the subsutural slope, interior white, often with two brown patches on the columella.

Ovate to biconical, usually with a short turreted spire, body whorl strongly shouldered and spirally corded, at least on the anterior half, outer lip sharply inflexed, bearing about nine central denticles, columella with a prominent double tooth on its edge and a marginal row of small denticles.

Synonym (s)
Colombella araneosa Kiener, 1840
Colombella coronata Duclos, 1840
Columbella atladona Duclos, 1840
Columbella nivosa Reeve, 1859
Columbella scripta Lamarck, 1822
Columbella tigrina Duclos, 1840
Columbella venusta Sowerby, 1844
Columbella versicolor Sowerby, 1832
Columbella versicolor var. hebridarum Hervier, 1899
Columbella versicolor var. ouveensis Hervier, 1899
Pyrene versicolor Sowerby, 1832

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
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) 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
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Gulbin, VV and Evseev, GA (1997) Intertidal Prosobranch Gastropods of Vietnam Galaxea Ryukyus University, Japan 13(2) 157-166 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • 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 -

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