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Luria tessellata (Swainson, 1822)

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

Scientific synonyms

Cypraea tessellata W. A. Swainson, 1822
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Luria tessellata

Author: Avon, C.

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Description

The « Checkerboard Cowrie » is a highly distinctive cypraeid with its four characteristic dark blotches on the dorsum. An exceedingly famous and much sought-after species, it is very variable in blotch development and is thus not easy to find a specimen with well-balanced 'checkerboard' pattern; it is also rather variable in callous development. An omnivorous gastropod, it lives under corals and rocks from rather shallow to moderately deep water ranging around -3~50m. Almost all specimens are from Hawaii where it is uncomm.on (live specimens becoming rarer recently) and it was once thought to be an endemic there. From the 1980s, however, a few have been taken live around Taiwan and more recently in the Philippines; its true range therefore appears to be quite wide. It appear to only occur in the deep water in the western Pacific and is extremely rare there; the name Luria lani (Raybaudi 1986) was given to the Taiwanese population but is currently regarded as a junior synonym. Typical shell length around 30mm., extremely large individuals are known to reach 55mm.
Avon C. 2016 . Gastropoda Pacifica.

Distribution

Oahu Island, Hawaii
Avon C. 2016 . Gastropoda Pacifica.
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [http://www.bagniliggia.it/WMSD/WMSDhome....] [as Luria tessellata (Swainson, 1822)]
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 tesselata SWAINSON, 1822]
Data retrieved on: 11 November 2013

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