Strombus listeri [Unaccepted]   T.Gray,  1852 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: 100-150 mm.

Color: The external surface brown and whitish overlaid with chestnut undulating axial stripes and speckled bands, periostracum yellowish, very thin.

Shell about 4 to 6 inches in length, rather thin but strong, with a high spire, nuclear whorls 3, smooth, convex, translucent lavender, post-nuclear whorls 10 in number. First 6 whorls with numerous axial rids all over, and fine spiral cords in between, these give the shell a cancellated appearance. The lower whorls rather angulated at the shoulder and smooth except for several spiral striae near the anterior canal area. Outer lip moderately quadrangularly expanded and with a nearly straight margin which is somewhat thickened, the inner surface smooth, polished, enamel-white with golden tint. There is a peculiar thickened part (ridge) on the central area of the outer lip. Posterior canal very deep, so that the posterior corner of the outer lip protrudes very prominently, anterior siphonal canal well-developed, stromboid notch very deep, U-shaped. Operculum stromboid, strongly curved, with about 17 serrations on the margin, arch length 22mm, width, 5mm.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Listers Conch
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Dhanushkodi INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • 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
  • Okutani, T (1965) Strombus (Euprotomus) Listeri T. Gary - new records; Anatomy Indo-Pacific Mollusca The department of Mollusks, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 19th and the Parkway Philadelphia 3, Pennsylvania 1(6) 399-400 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Samuel, VD; Chacko, D and Edward, JKP (2005) Preliminary study on the molluscan diversity of “the lost world’’– Dhanushkodi, east coast of India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 54-58 Available at -
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -

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