Natica (Natica) vitellus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 3.5-42.05 mm; diameter 32.0-38.95 mm.

Color: White or yellowish, with one or two broad brown bands.

Globose, spire low, anterior end slightly flaring, parietal callus thick but low, partly covering the posterior part of the deep umbilicus, funicle lacking or small, operculum with two marginal ribs.

Synonym (s)
Natica rufa Born, 1780
Natica vitellus Linnaeus, 1758
Natica (Natica) vitellus Cernohorsky, 1971
Nerita vitellus Linnaeus, 1758
Natica rufa Reeve, 1855
Natica vitellus Mookherjee, 1885

Common Name (s)
• Banded Moon
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 18/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Kerala, Kozhikode INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary INDIA
• West Bengal, Hugli River Mouth INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1986)
• Orissa INDIA (Record: 31/01/1972)
• Orissa, Chhatrapur INDIA (Record: 24/11/1962)
• Orissa, Off Gopalpur INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tharangambadi INDIA
• Kerala, Malabar Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • 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
  • 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
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1993) Australian marine shells 1 1-408 Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • 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

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