Murex scolopax   Dillwyn,  1817 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 84.90 mm; diameter 38.91-66.50 mm; length of aperture 20.65-31.95 mm; length of spire 20.45-31.20 mm; length of the canal 41.16 mm.

Color: Shell pale brown with dark brown streaks on cords, interior white.

Shell club shaped, protoconch of 2½ whorls, smooth, angulated in the middle, especially in the last whorl, ends with an axial rib from which sculpture of teleconch starts, spire high acute, consists of five to six sub-angulate whorls. Body whorl large, rounded; suture deep canaliculated. Anal sulcus broadly deep, aperture lenticulate, outer lip erect, coarsely dentate, no teeth above shoulder, five teeth below shoulder, fourth one broad forming a labial tooth, inner lip adherent posteriorly formed with callus and anteriorly detached, erect and smooth, with a fold above canal. Siphonal canal long, straight, narrowly open and distally curved upwards; body whorl with three spinose varices. Axial sculpture absent in the adult shells, faintly present in the young shells as ridges, but prominent on shoulder as tubercles (2 to 3 in number). Spiral sculpture consists of strong cords and fine threads, cords four to five on the body whorl and six on the canal excluding threads in between. Cords give rise to moderately long, curved spines, two to four threads present on shoulder in between cords. In larger shells small spinelets developed in between the long spines on canal.

Synonym (s)
Murex crassispina Lamarck, 1822
Murex scolopax Dillwyn, 1817
Murex scolopax Melvill, 1928
Murex scolopax Radwin and D'Attilio, 1976
Murex scolopax Ponder and Vokes, 1988

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Gulf of Oman
• Red Sea
• Persian Gulf

Literature Source(s)
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • Subba Rao, NV and Surya Rao, KV (1993) Contribution to the knowledge of Indian marine molluscs: Pt. 3. Family: Muricidae Occasional paper no 153 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 133 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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

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