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Lyncina kuroharai (Kuroda & Habe, 1961)

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

Scientific synonyms

Cypraea kuroharai T. Kuroda & T. Habe, 1961

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Lyncina kuroharai

Author: Avon, C.

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Description

The « Kurohara's Cowrie » is a lovely medium-sized cypraeid ranging from Honshu, Japan to East China Sea to Taiwan. A classic rarity among Western Pacific cowries, it can be safely separated from other superficially similar Lyncina species such as L. schilderorum Iredale, 1939 and L. sulcidentata (Gray, 1824) by its very fine teeth, curved aperture, and inflated shape. It is a omnivorous grazer living among sponges and rubbles, usually in relatively deep water around -50-250m, although it is occasionally found as shallow as -10m. Very rarely such specimens are washed up on the beach, becoming a rare trophy of beachcombers. Though in recent years Chinese trawlers have brought up numerous specimens from the East China Sea making it much easier to acquire, it is very prone to imperfections such as growth scars and octopus holes and perfect specimens are still very scarce today. Typical shell length around 40mm., extremely large specimens are known to exceed 60mm. It is named in honour of Kazuo Kurohara of Japan.
Avon C. 2016 . Gastropoda Pacifica.

Distribution

Finding location: Okinoshima, Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
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 Lyncina kuroharai Kuroda & Habe, 1961]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013

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