Taxon profile


Eclogavena coxeni Cox, 1873

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

Scientific synonyms

Cypraea coxeni Cox, 1873
Blasicrura coxeni (Cox, 1873)


Eclogavena coxeni

Author: Jan Delsing

Eclogavena coxeni

Author: Jan Delsing

Eclogavena coxeni

Author: Avon, C.

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The « Coxen's Cowrie » is a pretty and pyriform cowrie endemic to Melanesia ranging from Papua New Guinea to Solomon Islands to Vanuatu, although vast majority of specimens appear to originate from Solomon Islands. Often mistakenly called « Cox's Cowrie » but it is in fact named after Mr. Charles Coxen, a conchologist and ornithologist from Queensland, Australia and should be « Coxen's Cowrie ». An omnivorous gastropod, it is a comm.on species inhabiting shallow water down to approximately -15m deep. It is nocturnal and is often found hiding under rocks or coral debris during the day. Typical shell length around 20mm., very large specimens sometimes attain 30mm. Generally a little-varied species but the thickness of callus do vary from specimen to specimen.
Avon C. 2016 . Gastropoda Pacifica.
Author: Jan Delsing

Links and literature

EN Galli C.: WMSDB - Wolrdwide Mollusc Species Data Base July 10, 2013 [] [as Eclogavena coxeni Cox, 1873]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2013

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