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)
Copyright Des Beechey 2000