Tonna perdix   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Femorale

Size: 14 cm.

Color: Light brown with white lines in the grooves between the ribs and numerous crescent-shaped white markings on the ribs, deep interior yellow-brown becoming white near the lip, columellar callus white.

Thin, spire high, with incised suture and a nucleus of two smooth whorls, five teleoconch whorls sculptured with about 18 broad, low, rounded spiral ribs, anterior canal notch wide, very shallow and oblique, anterior fasciole broad but low, columellar margin gently curved, columellar callus thin and reflected over a deep umbilicus.

Synonym (s)
Buccinum perdix Linnaeus, 1758
Cadium perdix Link, 1807
Cadus coturnix Roding, 1798
Cadus meleagris Roding, 1798
Cadus perdix Roding, 1798
Dolium pennatum Schroter in Martini, 1788
Dolium perdix (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dolium plumatum Green, 1830
Dolium rufum Blainville, 1829
Perdix reticulatus Montfort, 1810

Common Name (s)
• Pacific Patridge Tun
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island 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
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • 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
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • 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
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa

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