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Cypraea felina Gmelin, 1791

Description: Teeth fine, scarcely extending out of the aperture. Base white, sides marked with irregularly spaced and shaped dark brown spots with a pair of larger brown spots on each end. Dorsal surface grey, with fine brown flecking, crossed by four darker bands.

Size: Up to 30 mm in length, typically about 20 mm.

Distribution: Tropical Indo-West Pacific region, from east Africa to Samoa, including eastern Australia with a southern limit of Bulli, NSW.

Habitat: Low tide to about two metres depth, under stones. Common in the tropics, rare in NSW.

Synonym: Melicerona melvilli velesia Iredale, 1939

Figs. 1,2: Shelly beach, Yamba, NSW (C.353431)


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