Nassarius (Niotha) livescens   (Philippi,  1849) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 8.94 mm; diameter 4.70 mm; height of spire 5.90 mm

Color: Creamy-white with two to three broad brown bands on the body whorl, in some clouded with brown, columellar callus and outer lip white.

Shell small, gemmulate or noduled. Outer lip with 10 to 13 lirations on the interior, columella with a strong callus extending on to the body whorl, 4 to 10 denticles on the inner margin, anal canal short and deep.Parietal callous well developed, posteriorly extended, prominent pre-sutural groove seperates the rest of sculpture; axial ribs closely placed.
Sculptured with oblique axial ribs and crossed by deeply incised or shallow spiral grooves forming granules at the intersections, subsutural row of granules more conspicuous than the rest.

Synonym (s)
Buccinum livescens Philippi, 1849
Nassa (Niotha) livescens Melvill and Sykes, 1898
Nassa nevilliana Preston, 1906
Nassarius (Niotha) livescens Cernohorsky, 1972

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 75) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1914)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV and Dey, A (2000) Catalogue of marine molluscs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Occasional paper no 187 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 1-323 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Manna, RN (1995) Mollusca Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilka lake ZSI, Calcutta 391-468 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Maitra, S (1991) Marine molluscs State fauna series 1: Fauna of Orissa Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta Part 3 1-175 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune

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