Cypraeidae - Cypraeovulinae: Notocypraea piperita  (Gray, 1825) ('peppered cowrie')  

Synonym(s): piperita Gray, 1825 bicolor Gaskoin, 1848 reticulifera Schilder, 1924 occidentalis Iredale, 1935 wilkinsi Grifiths, 1962.

The closest match to this species in the Australian Faunal Directory is the species Notocypraea piperita. 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: 24 mm, Black River Beach, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figures a-d: 25 mm, Black River Beach, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figures i-k: 12 mm, Green's Beach, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove.

Typical shell-length 20 mm. Shell outline narrow. Dorsum usually bears interrupted peach-coloured bands on a paler background; ventral margin bears many very small dark spots.  Lives subtidally under rocks and stones.  Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA).  In Tasmanian waters, this species is only found in the N, where sometimes quite common.

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