Vexillum (Costellaria) rusticum   Reeve,  1845 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: 2.8 cm.

Color: White, cream, rose or yellow, sometimes with a darker band around the body whorl.

Extremely variable in form and sculpture, usually ovate to biconical, with angulate shoulders, steeply sloping subsutural area, and a curious concave constriction around the base, sculpture of strong axial folds crossed by thin spiral cords, the most prominent cord at the shoulder forming laterally compressed nodules, also with fine secondary spiral cords in the interspaces, fasciole with one strong spiral rib and several rugose cords, aperture elongately quadrate, columella with four folds, sometimes minutely umbilicate.

Synonym (s)
Mitra rustica Reeve, 1845
Mitra subquadrata Sowerby, 1874
Mitra zelotypa Reeve, 1845
Vexillum subquadratum (Sowerby, 1874)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) 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
  • Rao, DV and Devi,K (2003) Studies on the soft corals (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) of Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 36161 Available at - NCL, Pune

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