Nassa francolina (Bruguière, 1789)
Francolina jopas
photo by Coltro, Marcus

Family:  Muricidae (purpuras, murex and rock shells)
Max. size:  7 cm SHL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 16 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: though more common in the Indian Ocean, from East Africa to eastern Polynesia; north to Japan, and south to southern Indonesia and New Caledonia.
Biology:  On coarse sand and rubble. Under stones and corals. Shallow subtidal waters (Ref. 349). Members of the order Neogastropoda are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktonic trocophore larvae and later into juvenile veligers before becoming fully grown adults (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 17.04.06
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 23.04.15

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