Mitra tabanula   Lamarck,  1811 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: 20 mm.

Color: Blood-red, dark reddish-brown or purple-brown in color, some specimens with pale, whitish spiral cords, tip of siphonal fasciole occasionally darker brown, aperture greyish-brown, columella reddish-brown, columellar folds pale in colour.

Shell up to ¾ inches in length, roundly ovate to elongate-ovate, biconic and acuminate, spire sometimes slightly concave especially in young specimens, sutures weakly impressed. Whorls 6-8, apart from the protoconch of 1 ½ to 2 glassy, white or fawn nuclear whorls, spire whorls generally flat-sided and occasionally weakly subangulate at sutures, first post-nuclear whorls clathrate, later whorls with prominent, elevated and narrow spiral cords which number from 2-4 on the penultimate and from 9-15 on the body whorl. The interspaces of the cords are deep and "V" -shaped and sculptured with numerous, very fine and generally oblique axial striae. Aperture equal in height or longer than the spire, narrow and smooth within, outer lip thickened in mature individuals, regularly convex and with fluted crenulations at the margin. Columella glazed on the parietal wall, calloused anteriorly, and with 3-4 oblique folds, siphonal fasciole straight and slightly calloused, siphonal notch distinct.

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Habitat:  Reef Associated,Rocky


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • 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
  • Cernohorsky, WO (1973) The Mitridae of the World Indo-Pacific Mollusca Delaware Museum of Natural History Grenville, Delaware, U.S.A 3(17) 273-528 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Vianet conchology Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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