Nassarius (Plicarcularia) pullus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Femorale

Size: 2.5 cm.

Color: Brown or grey, usually with a bark brown blotch on the back and a pale sutural line and another around the centre of the body whorl, callus cream, yellow or orange, interior brown.

Elongate-ovate, very solid, spire moderately tall, back usually humped and oddly flattened on the right side, sculpture consisting of narrow axial ribs (usually obsolete on the flattened side of the body whorl) and spiral striae on the early whorls and anterior part of the body whorl, outer lip dentate on its inner margin, thickened with callus extending along the side of the spire, columellar callus thick and rounded at the margin, thin on the parietal wall, meeting the anterior extension of the outer lip callus centrally beneath the spire, columella with 4-6 small denticles.

Synonym (s)
Buccinum pullus Linnaeus, 1758
Buccinum thersites Bruguiere, 1789
Nassa (Eione) dorsuosa Adams, 1852
Nassa thersites Satyamurti, 1952
Nassarius (Plicarcularia) pullus Cernohorsky, 1972

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Orissa, Chhatrapur INDIA (Record: 24/11/1962)
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• Tamil Nadu, Kundugal Point INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chidiya Tapu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman (Lat: 10.75) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Neil Island (Lat: 11.83) (Long: 93.05) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair (Lat: 11.67) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Camorta INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar (Lat: 9.17) (Long: 92.78) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar 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
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • 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 -
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Maitra, S (1991) Marine molluscs State fauna series 1: Fauna of Orissa Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta Part 3 1-175 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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