Caecum glabrum   (Montagu,  1803) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Littorinimorpha
Family:Caecidae

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Description
Size: Length 0.9 mm.

Body small with curved tubular shell having well developed external annulation. Small coiled portion of the shell decollated. Animal lies in the distal uncoiled portion of the shell. Shell is closed by a calcareous septum at the proximal end and by a horny multispiral operculum at the distal end. Head distinct with a pair of dark eyes and a pair of ciliated tentacles. Foot with small, operculum attached on the dorsal surface. Body anatomy much reduced to suit interstitial life.


Synonym (s)
Caecum glabrum Montagu, 1803
Philine glabrum Montagu, 1803
Brochina glabra var. gallica de Folin, 1872
Dentalium glabrum Montagu, 1803
(Basionym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Estuarine, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Diatoms

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Butler Bay (Lat: 10.75) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 14/03/1983)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Butler Bay INDIA (Record: 21/03/1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnington Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnington Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, GC (1993) Littoral meiofauna of Little Andaman Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 155 ZSI, Calcutta 120 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Rao, GC (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1987) Meiofauna of the Marine National Park, South Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 3(2) 88-97 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1988) Meiofauna of the intertidal sediments on Great Nicobar Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 4 (2) 89-100 Available at - NIO, Goa

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