Natica alapapilionis   (Roding,  1798) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Color: Pale brownish, marked with four widely separated white spiral lines each of which is interrupted by a number of brownish or rectangular dark brownish spots.

Shell is moderately large, with an inflated body whorl, broadly expanded towards the aperture, and a slightly elevated spire. The part of the surface immediately below the suture  is strongly obliquely striated. The umbilicus is large, and a large extensive, spirally thickened callus deposit enters it from the columellar border of the aperture.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Butterfly Moon
Economic Importance and Threats



• Meghalaya, Bagmara, Baghmara Fm INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban (Lat: 9.29) (Long: 79.21) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • Nagabhushanam, AK and Krishnan, S (1993) Observations on the distribution of some of the marine organism inhabiting the inter-tidal zone along the western continental shelf of the Bay of Bengal, with particular reference to the Tamil Nadu coastal strip Records of the Zoological Survey of India 93(3-4) 449-490 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Available at -

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