Cypraea cernica Sowerby, 1870
Description: Teeth coarse; base convex; margins angulate and pitted; ends produced. Base white, sides white with brown spots. Dorsum orange to olive green, but usually dark orange, with many small indistinct white spots. Mantle line distinct.
Size: Up to 37 mm in length.
Distribution: The Indo-West Pacific region, from Mauritius to Tahiti. In Australia known from Geographe Bay, WA to Shellharbour, NSW.
Habitat: This is a sub-tidal species. At Shellharbour it was taken by scuba diver at 21 m. Rare throughout its range.
Synonyms: The eastern Australian shell was given the name Erosaria tomlini prodiga Iredale, 1939.
Figs. 1,2: Kurnell, Botany Bay, NSW (C.064742)
Copyright Des Beechey 2000