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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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