Cypraea asellus Linnaeus, 1758
Description: Teeth extend almost half way across the base. Shell white, with three broad dark brown or black bands across the dorsal surface.
Size: Length up to 31 mm, typically about 15 mm.
Distribution: The Indo-West Pacific region, from east Africa to Samoa, including northern Australia. In Australia, from North West Cape, WA, to Shellharbour, NSW.
Habitat: Under rocks in the intertidal and shallow subtidal. Uncommon in its tropical range, rare in NSW.
Synonym: Evenaria latefasciata Schilder, 1930
Figs. 1,2: Bulli, NSW (C.084931)
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