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Cypraea flaveola Linnaeus, 1758

Description: Teeth moderately coarse, extending about half way to the margin on the outer lip. Ends drawn out; sides thickened. Base white, sides spotted with irregularly spaced dark brown spots of varying size. Dorsal surface olive green to light brown, with round white spots of varying size. Mantle line distinct. Brown spire blotch, and two brown blotches on the anterior end.

Size: Up to 31 mm in length, typically about 22 mm.

Distribution: The central Indo-West Pacific region from Indonesia to Hawaii, including northern Australia, from North West Cape, WA, to Merimbula, NSW.

Habitat: Intertidal and shallow subtidal, under rocks and stones. Moderately uncommon in its tropical range, rare in NSW.

Comparison: This species is similar in patterning to Cypraea cernica, but is distinguished by its more slender shape and distinct spotting.

Synonym: Cypraea labrolineata Gaskoin, 1849; Erosaria nashi Iredale 1931; Erosaria percomis Iredale, 1931.

Figs. 1,2: Kurnell, Botany Bay, NSW (C.354484)

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