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Cypraea clandestina Linnaeus, 1767

Description: Teeth moderately coarse, extending about a third of the way across the base. Margins rounded, spire sunken. Base and sides white, dorsum with three very faint bands of light brown. In the adult there is a faint, thin, reddish zigzag line across the dorsum.

Size: Up to 26 mm in length, typically about 15-18 mm.

Distribution: Indo-West Pacific region, from east Africa to the Cook Islands. In Australia, known from Houtman Abrolhos, WA, to Shellharbour, NSW.

Habitat: Intertidal to a few metres deep, under rocks and in crevices. Common in its tropical range, rare in NSW.

Synonym: Palmadusta clandestina extrema Iredale, 1936

Figs. 1,2: Forster, NSW (C.353880)


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