Erosaria caputserpentis   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 27.50 - 32.55 mm, height 13.80 - 15.30 mm, maximum breadth 22.35 - 24.40 mm

Color: Dorsum brown reticulate in appearance with irregular white specks; sides thickened angulate and dark chestnut; base and sides of lips buff color; teeth large white, interstices greyish white

The species is easily distinguishable by its glossy brown color and white lacunar spaces. Shell is deltoid, humpy, heavy with expanded margins.

Synonym (s)
Cypraea caputserpentis Linnaeus, 1958
Cypraea caputserpentis Smith, 1906
Erosaria caputserpentis Mookherjee, 1985
Erosaria (Ravitrona) caputserpentis Schilder and Schilder, 1938

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 9/2/1986)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA (Record: 1/2/1975)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar Island INDIA
• Reunion Island
• Zanzibar Island TANZANIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Gulbin, VV and Evseev, GA (1997) Intertidal Prosobranch Gastropods of Vietnam Galaxea Ryukyus University, Japan 13(2) 157-166 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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

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