Atlantic Yellow Cowrie

(Gmelin, 1791)

Naria acicularis

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Littorinimorpha

Cypraeidae

Cypraeidae

Shell Information

Length (mm): 25

Dextral

Chirality:

This is an inflated shell with the last shell whorl of adults concealing the spire. The top of the shell is typically yellow to tan with white spots or white or dark spots. Adults seem to develop a strong lip that is white and slightly wider than the rest of the shell. The aperture is narrow with evenly spaced folds leading into the shell.

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

North Carolina to Brazil

0 to 780 meters

Diet:

Herbivore

Habitat:

Marine; Coral reefs and other hard substrates

Misc. Facts

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Naria acicularis (Gmelin, 1791). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=1075023 on 2021-06-23

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.