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Atlantic Yellow Cowrie
Erosaria acicularis (Gmelin, 1791)

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

Scientific synonyms

Cypraea acicularis J. F. Gmelin, 1791

Images

Erosaria acicularis - Atlantic Yellow Cowrie

Author: Jan Delsing

Erosaria acicularis - Atlantic Yellow Cowrie

Author: Jan Delsing

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Description

Erosaria acicularis (Gmelin, 1791) Atlantic Yellow Cowrie
Distribution: North Carolina, Florida, Texas; Yucatan; West Indies; Brazil. Size: 12 to 31 mm
Description: Coloration of the western Atlantic type of this species is cloudy whitish flecked with orange-brown, teeth always ivory-white at the base; shape elongate-oval; sculpture smooth and polished; shell edge white, spherical, with less distinct extremities and a denser shell; spire usually concealed; aperture runs the length of shell. Habitat: Common under hard substrates in calcareous environments. At FGB at depths from 18 to 49 m (60 to 162 ft). Depth range 0 to 780 m (2558 ft). Remarks: Similar to E. spurca Gmelin, 1791, but E. spurca is restricted to the eastern Atlantic. See Burgess (1985); Lorenz and Hubert (2000). Synonym: Cypraea acicularis 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: 3

subspecies Erosaria acicularis acicularis (Gmelin, 1791)
subspecies Erosaria acicularis marcuscoltroi Petuch & R. F. Myers, 2015
subspecies Erosaria acicularis sanctaehelenae Schilder, 1930

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [http://www.bagniliggia.it/WMSD/WMSDhome....] [as Erosaria acicularis (Gmelin, 1791)]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013

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