Cypraeidae - Cypraeovulinae: Notocypraea angustata  (Gmelin, 1791) ('brown cowrie')  

Synonym(s): angustata Gmelin, 1791 emblema Iredale, 1931 molleri Iredale, 1931 verconis Cotton & Godfrey, 1932.

The closest match to this species in the Australian Faunal Directory is the species Notocypraea angustata. You can view an interactive map of the Australian records for this AFD taxon, including most of those used to compile the Tasmania-only map for this species below, through the Atlas of Living Australia here.


Figures a-d: 31 mm, Taroona, TAS (S), coll. S. Grove. Figures e-f: 28 mm, Maria Island, TAS (E), coll. S. Grove. Figures g-I: 19 mm, Taroona, TAS (S), coll. S. Grove.

Typical shell-length 30 mm. Shell outline quite broad. Dorsum may be pale or dark brown; most beached shells are paler and duller than those of living animals. Combination of lack of dorsal stripes and large, blurred spots on ventral margin is characteristic.  Lives subtidally under rocks and stones.  Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC and SA).  In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and common species.

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