Taxon profile


Notocypraea Schilder, 1927

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


J. R. Griffiths has been working on a revision of this genus for the past year and he has supplied us with the following notes on the species recorded from Victoria. The chief features which distinguish the Victorian species of Notocypraea are the colour and markings of the dorsum, and the shape and teeth of the fossula. Other differences exist between the species, but they are to a great extent masked by the considerable variation within each species, and are therefore only of small diagnostic value. These main distinctions are themselves subject to variation, and occasional specimens are found which cannot be identified even by these means; in these cases the shape of the radula is the only satisfactory criterion.
Macpherson, J.H. & Gabriel, C.J., 1962. Marine Molluscs of Victoria.
Author: Jan Delsing

Included taxa

Number of records: 8

species Notocypraea angustata (Gmelin, 1791) - Brown Cowry

Notocypraea angustata

species Notocypraea comptoni Gray, 1847 - Compton's Cowry

Notocypraea comptoni

species Notocypraea declivis (G.B. Sowerby II, 1870) - Sloping Cowry

Notocypraea declivis

species Notocypraea dissecta Iredale, 1931
species Notocypraea occidentalis Iredale, 1935 inq.
species Notocypraea piperita (Gray, 1825) - Peppered Cowry

Notocypraea piperita

species Notocypraea pulicaria (Reeve, 1846) - Flea-spotted Cowry
species Notocypraea subcarnea (Beddome, 1897)

Notocypraea subcarnea

Links and literature

EN The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera [1029410]

Rees, T. (compiler): The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera [] [as Notocypraea Schilder, 1927]
Data retrieved on: 30 November 2019

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inq. nomen inquirendum - doubtful identity, needs further investigation