Taxon profile


Compton's Cowry
Notocypraea comptoni wilkinsi R.J. Griffiths, 1959

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Mollusca - mollusks »  class Gastropoda - gastropods »  order Littorinimorpha »  family Cypraeidae - Cowries »  genus Notocypraea »  species Notocypraea comptoni - Compton's Cowry

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Victoria: Flinders; dredged Western Port. This is easily distinguished from the other Victorian species by its dorsal colour, which is pale gold or pale yellow. Furthermore, there is no trace of dorsal bands, either on the dorsum or the sides. The fossular arrangements are sometimes reminiscent of piperita, but there is considerable variation, and insufficient specimens are known to permit description of its usual form. The teeth of wilkinsi are, however, the more numerous. Its shells are usually without lateral spots; when present they are small. In proportion to length, shells of wilkinsi are lighter in weight than the shallow-water specimens of the other species.
Macpherson, J.H. & Gabriel, C.J., 1962. Marine Molluscs of Victoria.
Author: Jan Delsing

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