Atlantic Deer Cowry

(Linnaeus, 1771)

Macrocypraea cervus

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Littorinimorpha

Cypraeidae

Cypraeidae

Shell Information

Length up to (mm): 190

Dextral

Chirality:

This is an inflated shell with the last shell whorl of adults concealing the spire. This shell is similar to the Spotted Cowry but it is typically narrower with smaller and more abundant white spots covering the adult shell. Juvenile shells are tan to light brown with bands of white encircling the shell. As they mature the shell darkens, the white bands are lost, and white spots become apparent.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

North Carolina to Cuba

0 to 35 meters

Diet:

Herbivore

Habitat:

Marine; Coral reefs and off shore banks

Misc. Facts

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2022). MolluscaBase. Macrocypraea cervus (Linnaeus, 1771). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: https://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=419722 on 2022-04-22

Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. Garc�a. 29. Gastropoda (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579�699 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico�Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas.