Harpa davidis   Roding,  1798 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 42.56-63.3 mm; diameter 27.92-44.25 mm.

Color: Ground color grayish pink arrangement, red brown or pale pink spiral bands pattern.

Shell moderate size, broadly ovate with rather short, broadly conical spire. Protoconch elevated-mamillate, pale pink, of 3 ¼ to 3 ¾ convex whorls. Early postnuclear whorls reticulated by axial riblets and spiral cords, moderately angulate of antepenultimate whorl covered by extensions of earlier parietal calluses.

Synonym (s)
Harpa conoidalis Lamarck, 1942
Harpa nablium Mart, 1852
Harpa striata Lamarck, 1816
Harpa davidis Roeding, 1798
Harpa davidis Rehder, 1973
Harpa conoidalis Lamarck, 1822
Harpa major Roding, 1798
Harpa nablium Morch, 1852
Harpa ventricosa Lamarck, 1816

Common Name (s)
• David Harpa
• Large Harp (English)
• Madras Harp (English)
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
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tharangambadi INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands 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
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • 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
  • (2001) Fauna of Godavari estuary, Andhra Pradesh Estuarine ecosystem series 4 ZSI, Kolkata 1-166 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database: Taxa reported from regions in India (W) Available at - http://clade.ansp.org/obis/search.php/region3140
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at - http://clade.ansp.org/obis/find_mollusk.html
  • Rehder, HA (1973) The Family Harpidae of the World Indo-Pacific Mollusca Delaware Museum of Natural History Grenville, Delaware, U.S.A 3(16) 237 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at - http://www.gastropods.com/
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

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