Cyphoma signatum

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Cyphoma signatum
Cyphoma signatum (Fingerprint Cowry - Haiti).jpg
Scientific classification
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.This species was recently synonymised with Cyphoma gibbosum.[1]


This species is distributed in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and the Lesser Antilles, along Eastern Florida and northern Haiti.[2]


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

The maximum recorded shell length is 45 mm.[3]


Minimum recorded depth is 0.3 m.[3] Maximum recorded depth is 90 m.[3]


  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. ^ "Malacology Collection". Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  3. ^ 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.
  • Reijnen B.T. & van der Meij S.E.T. (2017). "Coat of many colours—DNA reveals polymorphism of mantle patterns and colouration in Caribbean Cyphoma Röding, 1798 (Gastropoda, Ovulidae)". PeerJ5:e3018

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