Nassarius callospira   A. Adams,  1852 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: G. & Ph. Poppe

Size: 1.4 cm.

Color: White or cream, spire whorls with a greenish grey spiral band, 2-3 bands around the body whorl, interior banded with brown, columellar shield white, often with an orange blotch over the parietal area.

Ovate, back humped, apex sometimes embedded in the callus shield, axial ribs thick, broad, becoming thinner and more numerous on the body whorl, made granulose by crossing spiral threads, and crossed by a shallow subsutural groove forming sutural nodules, columellar shield thick and glossy, occasionally reaching the apex.

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• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Field Museum (FMNH) ( 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
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -

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