Murex pecten   Lightfoot,  1786 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 89.43-105.36 mm; diameter 50.12-48.65mm; length of aperture 18.02-22.36 mm; length of spire 20.05-24.58 mm; length of the canal 50.94-58.05 mm.

Color: Light brown to pale; cream or fawn with red spots between the outer lip teeth; interior of aperture deep brown; notches on outer lip margin reflecting the cords.

Spire high, suture deeply channelled, siphonal canal very long and straight, protoconch of 2½ whorls, teleoconch of 6-7 whorls with spiral sculpture of weakly nodulose ribs and minute, delicate, axial lamellae in the interspaces, varixes and canal bearing many long, curved, closed spines, the largest on the shoulders arched backwards, with a second tier of intermediate smaller spines which bend ventrally over the canal, outer lip with fused slits and shallow notches, labral tooth small, columellar lip adherent posteriorly, erect anteriorly, operculum brown with subcentral nucleus and foliose lamellae.

Synonym (s)
Murex pecten pecten Ponder and Vokes, 1988
Murex tenuispina Lamarck, 1822
Murex tribulus var. pecten Lightfoot, 1786
Murex triremis Cernohorsky, 1967
Murex pecten Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976
Murex pecten Lightfoot, 1786
(Senior synonym)
Acupurpura triremis (Perry, 1811)
(Junior synonym)
Murex pecten pecten Lightfoot, 1786
(Senior synonym)
Murex tenuispina Lamarck, 1822
(Junior synonym)
Murex triremis Perry, 1811
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Venus Comb Murex (English)
• Thorny Woodcock (English)
• Venus Comb (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA

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
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • Subba Rao, NV and Surya Rao, KV (1993) Contribution to the knowledge of Indian marine molluscs: Pt. 3. Family: Muricidae Occasional paper no 153 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 133 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fernando, AS and Fernando, OJ (2002) A field guide to the common invertebrates of the east coast of India Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology 1-258 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • 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 -
  • Sealifebase Available at -

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