Vexillum (Costellaria) exasperatum   (Gmelin,  1791) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: 2.5 cm.

Color: Cream or white with two spiral bands of elongate brown bars, interior white, sometimes with two brown patches on the outer wall.

Elongate-ovate, anterior end constricted, spire turreted, whorls rounded below the suture, spire height greater than aperture length, axial ribs strong, slightly enlarged and nodulose at the shoulders, crossed by numerous punctate spiral grooves, fasciole moderately developed, spirally corded and faintly nodulose, columella with four strong folds, two of which continue around the fasciole as cords.

Synonym (s)
Mitra(Costellaria) exasperata var. hadfi Melvill & Standen, 1895
Mitra(Costellaria) ochracea Hervier, 1897
Mitra(Costellaria) pasithea Melvill & Standen, 1901
Mitra arenosa Lamarck, 1822
Mitra corrugata Wood, 1828
MItra torulosa Lamarck, 1811
Vexillum exasperatum (Gmelin, 1791)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1994) Australian marine shells 2 1-370 Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Available at -

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