Spotted Cowry

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Macrocypraea zebra

Class:

Order:

Family:

Gastropoda

Littorinimorpha

Cypraeidae

Cypraeidae

Shell Information

Length (mm): 75-133

Dextral

Chirality:

This is an inflated shell with the last shell whorl of adults concealing the spire. This shell is similar to the Atlantic Deer Cowry but it is typically wider with larger and less abundant white spots or rings 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 Brazil

0 to 37 meters

Diet:

Herbivore

Habitat:

Marine; Coral reefs and among sea grasses

Misc. Facts

This is also sometimes called the Measled Cowry.

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Macrocypraea zebra (Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=419723 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.