Colubraria muricata   (Lightfoot,  1786) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Eddie Hardy

Size: Length 9.80 mm; diameter 4.10 mm; height of aperture 5.20 mm

Color: Cream with pale brown spiral bands and 2-3 interrupted spiral lines of purple-brown, interior, lip and columella cream and polished.

Shell small, fusiform, spire elevated, consists of seven whorls including nuclear whorls, which are four in numbers, smooth, bright, rounded, body whorl and spiral whorls with single rounded varix, body whorl large, ovately rounded, aperture narrowly ovate, outer lip thick, rounded with eleven fine denticles. Columella plicated, siphonal canal short, open, recurved, sculpture with fine rounded nodules, spirally arranged, interstices with fine spiral cords extending on to varices.

Synonym (s)
Buccinum maculosum Gmelin, 1791
Colubraria muricata Lightfoot, 1786
Tritonium maculatum Roding, 1798
Murex muricata Lightfoot, 1786
Murex maculosus Gmelin, 1791
Colubraria muricata Abbot and Dance, 1982

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Orissa, Off Gopalpur INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vaan 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
  • 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
  • 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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