Bursa cruentata   (G.B. Sowerby II,  1835) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Femorale

Size: 4 cm.

Color: Exterior white or cream with a few purple-brown blotches mainly on the tubercles, aperture white, parietal wall usually with conspicuous red-brown spots between the lirae.

Very strong sculpture of three spiral ribs bearing a pair of granulose spiral cords, ribs elevated at intervals forming double nodules, those at varixes particularly high outer lip expanded, irregularly scalloped with four or five pairs of solid denticles on its inner margin, former posterior canals on the spire barely discernible, a thin wide reflected shield present over the parietal wall and columella, the whole shield and columellar margin covered by strong nodules and irregular lirae.

Shell found inhabited by hermit crab.

Synonym (s)
Ranella cruentata Sowerby, 1841
Bursa cruentata Cernohorsky, 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 10/3/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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 - http://www.gastropods.com/
  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa

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