Natica marochiensis   (Gmelin,  1790) (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Littorinimorpha
Family:Naticidae

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Description
Size: Height 14.65 - 17.10 mm, maximum diameter 10.95 - 14.00 mm, minimum diameter 8.55 - 11.60 mm.

Color: Interiorly colored brown; surface color variable, ranges from greyish-brown to greenish-brown encircled with brownish arrow-headed markings or almost obscured , base white.

Shell ventricularly globose, umbilicated, spire exerted, whorls smooth; surface transpirally striated. Striations being strongly oblique just below the suture; columellar callus enters the umbilicus; aperture semicircular.

Synonym (s)
Nerita marochiensis Gmelin, 1791
Natica marochiensis Lamarck, 1838

Common Name (s)
• Moroccan Moon (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Vellar Estuary INDIA (Record: 11/02/1968)
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA (Record: 01/02/1975)
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA (Record: 18/01/1978)
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 21/01/1978)
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island INDIA (Record: 22/01/1978)
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kundugal Point INDIA (Record: 03/05/1955)

Literature Source(s)
  • Mookherjee, HP (1985) Contributions to the Molluscan fauna of India, Part III. Marine molluscs of the Coromandel coast, Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar - Gastropoda: Mesogastropoda (Part-2) Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 75 ZSI, Calcutta 93 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mookherjee, HP (1985) Contributions to the Molluscan fauna of India, Part III. Marine molluscs of the Coromandel coast, Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar - Gastropoda: Mesogastropoda (Part-2) Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 75 ZSI, Calcutta 93 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

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