Cerithium columna   G.B. Sowerby I,  1834 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda
Order:[unassigned] Caenogastropoda

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Size: 25-55 mm.

Color: White to cream (with dark marks), finely flecked with brown or purple.

Broad or slender, spire is long and pointed, spirally ridges with sharp tubercles, anterior canal twisted, aperture white, fusiform, turreted, base excavated, whorls angulate to straight-sided, sculptured with strong axial ribs, about 18 on the penultimate whorl, and granulose spiral cords which are strongest at the periphery of the body whorl, outer lip foliated, large, randomly placed varixes usually present, anterior canal long, moderately tubular, slightly upturned and reflected to the left, posterior canal distinct, bordered by a strong parietal plait, columella concave, heavily calloused, with a thick lip.

Synonym (s)
Cerithium columna Sowerby, 1834
Cerithium columna Smith, 1906
Cerithium columna Rajagopal & Mookherjee, 1982
Cerithium citrinoide Kobelt, 1893
Cerithium cylindraceum Pease, 1869
Cerithium fusiforme G.B. Sowerby II, 1855
Cerithium menkei Deshayes, 1863
Cerithium munitoides Habe, 1964
Cerithium peasi Dautzenberg & Bouge, 1933
Cerithium proditum Bayle, 1880
Cerithium sandvichense Reeve, 1865
Cerithium sculptum Pease, 1869
Cerithium siphonatum G.B. Sowerby II, 1865

Common Name (s)
• Yellow Cerith
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy
Trophic Level:  Primary Consumer
Prey:  Herbivores


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 11/3/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Red Sea
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

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