Drupa morum   Roeding,  1798 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Keoki stender

Size: 18-49 mm

Color: White or grayish, tubercles dark-brown, interior of aperture deep purple in adults, light purple in immature specimens.

Shells about 2 inches in length, ovately globose, spire acuminate, generally inconspicuous in adult stage. Whorls nodose with four rows of short, strong tubercles. Interstices between tubercles striated with scalelike striae. Aperture narrow, linear, extending nearly three-quarter the length of the shell. Outer lip crenulated between tubercles, dentate on the interior margin with plaitlike teeth; teeth arranged in an upper group of four denticles and in a lower group of three denticles. Two conspicuous plaits situated immediately above the deep canal. Inner lip enameled with a callus containing 3 or 4 plaitlike ridges projecting into the aperture above the canal. Posterior siward the apex.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Purple Drupe
Economic Importance and Threats



Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Emerson, WK (1973) The Genus Drupa in the Indo-Pacific Indo-Pacific Mollusca 3(13) 1-40 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at - http://www.gastropods.com/
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Stender, GK and Stender, YO Marinelifephotography.com Available at - http://www.marinelifephotography.com/

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