Latirus polygonus   (Gmelin,  1791) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyright: Bill Frank

Size: 7 cm.

Color: Pale tan or flesh-brown with axial brown streaks, interior bluish white.

Broadly fusiform, siphonal canal straight and moderately long, with many spiral ribs and prominent axial folds which form heavy axially elongate rounded nodules at the shoulders and a second row around the centre of the body whorl, aperture lirate, columella with 3-4 small plicae anteriorly.

Synonym (s)
Fusus candelabrum Reeve, 1847
Latirus polygonus Gmelin, 1791
Murex polygonus Gmelin, 1791
Turbinella barclayi Reeve, 1847

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) 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 -
  • 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
  • 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
  • Frank, B (1998) Available at -

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