Mauritia arabica   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 37.75 - 46.65 mm; height 18.69 - 21.20 mm; maximum breadth 24.25 - 26.96 mm

Color: Flesh in color, dorsum bluish white with inconspicuous brownish blotches, ornamented with hieroglyphic markings, longitudinal brown lines interrupted with irregular circular lacunae.

Shell is oblong ovate, heavy, broad with flattened base; dorsal, sulcus plain; sides less thickened with callus, angulate, cream in color with purplish tinge and spotted with brown; base flat, creamy; teeth larger, outwardly extended on the base.

Synonym (s)
Cypraea arabica Linnaeus, 1758
Mauritia arabica Mookherjee, 1985

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 08/02/1986, 09/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 17/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Bimlipatam INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• Rangoon MYANMAR
• Maungmagan Beach MYANMAR
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Mookherjee, HP (1985) Contributions to the Molluscan fauna of India, Part III. Marine molluscs of the Coromandel coast, Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar - Gastropoda: Mesogastropoda (Part-2) Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 75 ZSI, Calcutta 93 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • Das, AK and Roy, MKD (1989) A general account of the mangrove fauna of Andaman and Nicobar islands Fauna of conservation areas Zoological survey of India 1-152 Available at - NIO, Goa
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