Murex brevispina brevispina   Lamarck,  1822 (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Femorale

Size: Length 59.12-68.25 mm; diameter 29.45-36.90 mm; length of aperture 16.75-18.78 mm; length of spire 18.92-21.05 mm.

Color: Yellow-brown, creamy white, grey or bluish grey, often with three diffuse brown bands, aperture margins white, brown within.

Spire low, suture simple, slightly impressed, protoconch conical or bulbous, of 2½ whorls, teleoconch of seven strongly shouldered whorls, intervarical areas of later whorls with many cords of varying strength and two axial ridges nodulose at the shoulder, body whorl varixes with three short curved spines (sometimes two or only one at the base), siphonal canal with 1-2 basal spines or on spines, outer lip flanged, crenulate, outwardly recurved anteriorly, labral tooth large, inner lip with a flaring and reflected shield in the anterior half, operculum brown, faintly concentrically ridged nucleus subterminal.

Synonym (s)
Murex (Murex) brevispina Vokes, 1978
Murex brevispina Lamarck, 1822
Murex brevispina Tapparone and Canefri, 1875
Murex brevispina Tryon, 1880
Murex brevispina Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976
Murex brevispina brevispina Ponder and Vokes, 1988
Tubicauda brevispina Jousseaume, 1880

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV and Surya Rao, KV (1993) Contribution to the knowledge of Indian marine molluscs: Pt. 3. Family: Muricidae Occasional paper no 153 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 133 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1994) Australian marine shells 2 1-370 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -

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