Fusinus colus   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 78.36-104.4 mm; diameter 18.50-23.48 mm.

Color: White, tip of canal brown, with brown patches between the nodules on the spire.

Elongate, spire high, siphonal canal very long and straight, early whorls slightly angulate with a central row of nodules, later whorls rounded, the first 3-4 whorls with sculptured throughout with rough spiral cords columellar callus smooth or so thin that the cords beneath are evident.

Synonym (s)
Fusinus toreuma Lamarck, 1822
Latirus andamanicus E. A. Smith, 1894
Murex colus Linnaeus, 1758
Fusinus longicauda Satyamurti, 1952
Fusinus colus Cernohorsky, 1952

Common Name (s)
• Distaff Spindle (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Commonly taken by prawn trawlers.)



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Orissa, Chandipur INDIA
• Orissa, Off Gopalpur INDIA
• Orissa, Chhatrapur INDIA (Record: 24/11/1962)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at - http://clade.ansp.org/obis/find_mollusk.html
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1994) Australian marine shells 2 1-370 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Mayhew, R Schooner specimen shells Available at - http://www.schnr-specimen-shells.com/
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Maitra, S (1991) Marine molluscs State fauna series 1: Fauna of Orissa Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta Part 3 1-175 Available at - NIO, Goa

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