Turricula tornata tornata   Dillwyn,  1817 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 56.45-64.3 mm; diameter 18.65-21.70 mm; height of spire 29.08-35.21 mm; height of aperture 29.86-32.95 mm.

Color: Creamy white ornamented with brown lines.

Shell large, solid and heavy, fusiform, spire less than half the total length, sutures shallow; aperture wide; posterior sinus deep, siphonal canal long and twisted; shell surface smooth, except for a shallow spiral ridge below the suture and spiral striations at the base of the body whorl.

Synonym (s)
Turricula flammea Schumacher, 1817
Murex javanus (Chemnitz) Gmelin, 1791
Murex tornatus Dillwyn, 1817
Turricula tornata tornata Powell, 1969

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andhra Pradesh, Bhimunipatnam INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Orissa, Puri INDIA
• Orissa, Chhatrapur INDIA (Record: 24/12/1962)
• Orissa INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Bimlipatam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai 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
  • 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 Available at - http://clade.ansp.org/obis/find_mollusk.html
  • 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
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at - http://www.gastropods.com/

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