Cyphoma signatum

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Cyphoma signatum
Cyphoma signatum (Fingerprint Cowry - Haiti).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Cypraeoidea
Family: Ovulidae
Subfamily: Simniinae
Genus: Cyphoma
Species: C. signatum
Binomial name
Cyphoma signatum
Pilsbry & McGinty, 1939
  • Cyphoma finkli Petuch, 1979
  • Cyphoma signata Pilsbry & McGinty, 1939 (error in gender ending)

Cyphoma signatum, common name: the Fingerprint Flamingo Tongue, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Ovulidae, the ovulids, cowry allies or false cowries.[1]


This species is distributed in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and the Lesser Antilles and along Eastern Florida an Northern Brazil.


The size of the shell varies between 24 mm[citation needed] and 45 mm.

The maximum recorded shell length is 45 mm.[2]


Minimum recorded depth is 0.3 m.[2] Maximum recorded depth is 90 m.[2]


  1. ^ a b Cyphoma signatum Pilsbry & McGinty, 1939. WoRMS (2009). Cyphoma signatum Pilsbry & McGinty, 1939. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 11 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Welch J. J. (2010). "The "Island Rule" and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cate, C. N. 1973. A systematic revision of the recent Cypraeid family Ovulidae. Veliger 15 (supplement): 1-117.
  • Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. García. 2009. 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 Press, College Station, Texas
  • Lorenz F. & Fehse D. (2009). The Living Ovulidae - A manual of the families of Allied Cowries: Ovulidae, Pediculariidae and Eocypraeidae. Conchbooks, Hackenheim, Germany.

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