IV Edible gastropods

Sundaram, K S (1974) IV Edible gastropods. In: CMFRI Bulletin No.25, The Commercial molluscs of India. CMFRI, Mandapam Camp, pp. 54-62.

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Marine gastropods form the largest group of species in the phylum Mollusca in shallow seas. Of these only a small number of species are suitable for being utilized as food by man. The univalves are fished in many parts of the world for bait, for their beautiful shells and manufacture of lime. Since the animals are passive, simple methods are used in collecting them. The edible gastropods limpets, trochids, whelks, the sacred chank {Xancus pyrum), olives {Oliva spp.), the green snail (Turbo) etc. are represented in difi'erent regions of the Indian coasts in the intertidal zone and shallow waters. They are fished by fishermen and poor coastal people for food usually when fish are not available. In India the above mentioned edible gastropods are generally collected for their shells which are cleaned, polished and sold as ornamental articles. Gastropods are seldom sold in the markets for being used as food. The button-shell Umbonium vestiarium is the only species that finds a place in fish- stalls in Malwan in Maharashtra.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: gastropods
Subjects: Molluscan Fisheries > Clam
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
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Date Deposited: 25 May 2010 11:16
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:08
URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/644

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