Taxon profile


Brown Cowry
Notocypraea angustata (Gmelin, 1791)

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

Scientific synonyms

Cypraea angustata Gmelin, 1791
Notocypraea molleri Iredale, 1931

Other names

= Slim Cowry
= Verco's Cowry


Notocypraea angustata - Brown Cowry

Author: Macpherson & Gabriel

Notocypraea angustata - Brown Cowry

Author: Lorenz, F.

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Shell ovate, smooth, shining, reddish brown to plum colour or rarely pale brown on the dorsum. The base convex, white; the margin slightly thickened, rounded, white with small round brownish black spots which coalesce to form larger spots at the posterior and anterior extremities. The aperture rather large; outer lip rounded with strong white teeth sloping into the aperture; inner lip slightly thickened with small teeth which do not extend on to the base. Size: 1 inch; the dorsum is deep brown, even in slightly worn shells. Western and central Victorian specimens only rarely show any trace of transverse dorsal bands, but beach specimens from eastern Victoria are more distinctly banded, the interrupted brown bands being wider than those of comptoni. The columellar teeth are large, and less numerous than those of most of the other species. The fossula is crossed by a few regular parallel teeth. Sometimes, however, they are formed only at the top and bottom, with the resultant trough running at a constant depth along the full length of the fossula, and extending into the columellar sulcus. On the average, this species is larger, broader and taller than other Notocypraea.
Macpherson, J.H. & Gabriel, C.J., 1962. Marine Molluscs of Victoria.


Localities in Victoria: Portsea; Sorrento; Western Port.
Macpherson, J.H. & Gabriel, C.J., 1962. Marine Molluscs of Victoria.
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Notocypraea angustata (Gmelin, 1791)]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013

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