Drupa (Drupina) lobata   (Blainville,  1832) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 20.30-31.10 mm; diameter 15.50-27.10 mm; length of aperture 13.18-26.45 mm.

Color: Dark brown to chocolate, apertural margin dark chocolate brown, interior white. Operculum slightly ovate.

Shell globosely ovate; spire acute, low, body whorl large, sculptured with spiral ridges, ridges nodulose, interstices with 2-3 rows of scabrous rings. Aperture narrow, elongate, not constricted. Outer lip margin crenulate, drawn into digitate processes extending from ridges. First one canaliculate, rest scaly. Interior with 6 rounded teeth. Columella calloused extending posteriorly, plicated anteriorly. Umbelicle formed in some cases.

Synonym (s)
Purpura lobata Blainville, 1832
Sistrum digitatum var. lobata Smith, 1906
Drupa (Drupina) lobata Emerson and Cernohorsky, 1973
Drupa (Drupina) lobata Surya Rao and Subba Rao, 1991
Purpura lobata Blainville, 1832

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 06/03/1983, 27/03/1984, 07/02/1986, 1993)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Neill Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arong INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock (Lat: 11.97) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar (Lat: 9.17) (Long: 92.78) 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 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

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