Neobernaya spadicea

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Cypraea spadicea
Cypraea spadicea 1.jpg
A live Cypraea spadicea, in situ, mantle partly extended, head end to the right
Neobernaya spadicea 001.jpg
An apertural view of a shell of the species, anterior end to the left
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha

Superfamily: Cypraeoidea
Family: Cypraeidae
Genus: Neobernaya
Species: N. spadicea
Binomial name
Neobernaya spadicea
(Swainson, 1823)
Ventral view of live specimen of Neobernaya spadicea crawling on aquarium glass, anterior end to the bottom
Dorsal view of a shell of Neobernaya spadicea, anterior end to the top

Neobernaya spadicea, previously known as Cypraea spadicea, common name the chestnut cowrie, is a species of temperate sea snail, a cowry, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cypraeidae, the cowries.


This species is a temperate cowry which occurs in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. It is relatively common in Southern California, particularly around the Channel Islands. It does occur from Monterey, California, through Southern California, and south to Cedros Island, in Baja California, Mexico, but north of Santa Barbara, California, it is not often found.

Shell description[edit]

The adult shell of this species ranges in size from 40 to 65 mm. The name "chestnut cowry" come from a large patch of a rich chestnut brown on the dorsum of the shell, ringed with a darker brown, against a white background.


This species lives on exposed rocky shores in the very low intertidal and subtidal zones. It is found on overhanging rock ledges and on other somewhat sheltered rock surfaces.


  • McLean, James H., 1978 Marine Shells of Southern California, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Museum, Science Series 24, Revised Edition: 1-104, ISBN 0-938644-03-3; ISBN 978-0-938644-03-3

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