Mitra turgida   Reeve,  1845 (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 16mm.

Color: Tan to dark brown in color, protoconch white, aperture and columella light greyish-brown.

Shell up to ¾ inches in length, elongate-ovate but rather rotund, spire frequently concave, extremities acuminate, solid, sutures weakly impressed. Spire whorls 6-8, apart from a protoconch of 2 ½ - 3 ½ small, conical and glassy-white nuclear whorls, first 3 post-nuclear whorls minutely gemmate, later whorls sculptured with regular, elevated and narrow spiral cords. The cords number from 3-4 on the penultimate and from 11-17 on the body whorl. The spire-whorls are flat-sidad but angulate at the sutures, body whorl with longitudinal, shallow grooves which produce irregular and wide-spaced axial folds which commence at the second sutural spiral cord and continue to the base, the spiral grooves are as broad or wider than the cords and are as broad or wider than the cords and are axially striate. Aperture equal in height or longer than the spire, very narrow and smooth within, outer lip thickened, regularly convex and crenulate at the margin in adult specimens. Columella calloused and with 3-4 oblique folds, siphonal fasciole straight or slightly recurved, siphonal notch deep.

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Habitat:  Reef Associated,Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Cernohorsky, WO (1973) The Mitridae of the World Indo-Pacific Mollusca Delaware Museum of Natural History Grenville, Delaware, U.S.A 3(17) 273-528 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -

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