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)
  • 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]


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


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


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.


  1. ^ a b c Arestorides argus (Linnaeus, 1758). WoRMS (2009). Arestorides argus Linnaeus, 1758. Accessed through the World Register of Marine Species at 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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