Bulla ampulla   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Cephalaspidea
Family:Bullidae

Description
Size: 20-60 mm, Shell up to 6 cm long.

Color: Cream with brown blotches.

Spherical shell with a sunken spire, enormous aperture, no operculum. The rounded shell is slightly glossy and patterned with brown. The animal is flesy, mottled brown and orange with white flecks.


Synonym (s)
Bulla columellaris Menke, 1854
Bulla delorti Mabille, 1896
Bulla trifasciata Sowerby, 1868
Bulla ampulla var. mozambicensis Bergh, 1900
Bulla columellaris var. bifasciata Menke, 1854
Bulla columellaris var. vermiculata Menke, 1854
Bulla villosa Martyn, 1784
Quibulla selina Iredale, 1929

Common Name (s)
• Bubble Shell
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(For decoration)

Ecology
Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Carnivores

Biogeography


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.23) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Dhanushkodi INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Threspuram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Kerala, Kollam Coast (Lat: 8.9) (Long: 76.63) INDIA (Record: 07/2008-09/2008) (Depth: 1-3 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chidiya Tapu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock (Lat: 11.97) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair (Lat: 11.67) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Camorta INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar (Lat: 9.17) (Long: 92.78) INDIA

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