Taxon profile


Luria cinerea (J. F. Gmelin, 1791)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  order Littorinimorpha »  family Cypraeidae - Cowries »  genus Luria

Scientific synonyms

Cypraea cinerea J. F. Gmelin, 1791


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Shell somewhat obovate, ventricose, inner and outer lips not greatly elevated above; teeth short, moderate; back ashy brown, with two faint lighter bands, and often sprinkled with black dote; sides and base purplish flesh-colored; interstices between the teeth purplish.
Length, 35; diameter, 20 mm.
Dall, W.H. & Simpson, C.T., 1901. The Mollusca of Porto Rico.
Atlantic Gray Cowrie
Distribution: North Carolina, Florida, Texas; Yucatan; West Indies; Bermuda; Brazil. Size: 18 to 38 mm
Description: Color tan to brownish-purple with apertural area lighter; shape elongate-oval; spire concealed; aperture long and narrow with columellar lip having a deep fossula; labrum with numerous teeth.
Habitat: On or under hard substrates; also on sand in deeper waters. In Texas found at FGB. Depth range 0 to 1472 m (4828 ft).
Remarks: Mantle is clear and has short, dark papillae. Lorenz (2002) described the Brazilian population as a subspecies. See Burgess (1985); Lorenz and Hubert (2000); Redfern (2001). Synonym: Cypraea cinerea Gmelin, 1791.
Tunnell, J.W. , Andrews, J. , Barrera, N.C. & Moretzsohn, F., 2010. Encyclopedia of Texas seashells.
Author: Jan Delsing

Included taxa

Number of records: 2

subspecies Luria cinerea brasilensis Lorenz, 2002

Luria cinerea brasilensis

subspecies Luria cinerea cinerea Gmelin, 1791

Luria cinerea cinerea

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Luria cinerea Gmelin, 1791]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013
CZ Pfleger V. (1999): České názvy živočichů III. Měkkýši (Mollusca), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 108 pp. [as Cypraea cinerea GMELIN, 1791]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013

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