Pleuroploca trapezium   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 20 cm.

Color: Beneath a thin brown periostracum the shell is fawn, encircled by thin brown lines, aperture and columella mauve, lip denticle and columellar folds brown.

Broadly fusiform, whorls angulate at the shoulders, body whorl subangulate at the base, siphonal canal moderately long, early whorls with nodulose axial ribs, body whorl spirally corded and with heavy angulate shoulder nodules, outer lip with sharp paired denticles, aperture finely lirate, columella with about three weak folds anteriorly.

Synonym (s)
Fasciolaria audouini Jonas, 1846
Fasciolaria ferruginea Lamarck, 1822
Fasciolaria lischkeana Dunker, 1863
Fasciolaria trapezium Linnaeus, 1758
Murex lineata Perry, 1811
Pleuroploca trapezium (Linnaeus, 1758)
Murex trapezium Linnaeus, 1758

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vaan Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar, Hare Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Koswari Island 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
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Fernando, AS and Fernando, OJ (2002) A field guide to the common invertebrates of the east coast of India Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology 1-258 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • 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 -
  • Mohanraj, J; Johnson, JA; Ranjan, R; Johnson, L; Pandi, U and Shunmugaraj, T (2010) Coral reef associated gastropods in Tuticorin coast of Gulf of Mannar biosphere reserve, India Indian Journal of Science and Technology Indian Society for Education and Environment 3(2) 204-206 Available at -

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