Arestorides argus

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Eyed cowrie
Cypraea argus-2.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Cypraeoidea
Family: Cypraeidae
Genus: Arestorides
Species: A. argus
Binomial name
Arestorides argus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Synonyms[1]
  • Cypraea argus Linnaeus, 1758 (basionym)
  • Lyncina argus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Talparia argus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Arestorides argus, common name : the eyed cowrie, is a species of sea snail, a cowry, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cypraeidae, the cowries.[1]

Subspecies[edit]

Two subspecies are recognized :[1]

  • Arestorides argus argus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Arestorides argus contracasta Lorenz, 2012
  • Arestorides argus contrastriata (Perry, 1811) : common name : pheasant cowrie: synonym of Cypraea contrastriata Perry, 1811

Description[edit]

Arestorides argus, dorsal and ventral view
Arestorides argus, lateral view

Distribution[edit]

This species and its subspecies are distributed in the seas off Aldabra, Chagos, the Comores, Kenya, Madagascar, the Mascarene Basin, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, the Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Arestorides argus (Linnaeus, 1758). WoRMS (2009). Arestorides argus Linnaeus, 1758. Accessed through the World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=216786 on 10 October 2010.
  • Verdcourt, B. (1954). The cowries of the East African Coast (Kenya, Tanganyika, Zanzibar and Pemba). Journal of the East Africa Natural History Society 22(4) 96: 129-144, 17 pls.
  • Burgess, C.M. (1970). The Living Cowries. AS Barnes and Co, Ltd. Cranbury, New Jersey
  • MacDonald & Co (1979). The MacDonald Encyclopedia of Shells. MacDonald & Co. London & Sydney.

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