Cypraecassis rufa

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Cypraecassis rufa
Cypraecassis rufa ventral view.jpg
Ventral view of a shell of Cypraecassis rufa, anterior end facing downwards
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Tonnoidea
Family: Cassidae
Subfamily: Cassinae
Genus: Cypraecassis
Species: C. rufa
Binomial name
Cypraecassis rufa
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Synonyms[1]

Cassis rufa Linnaeus, 1758

Cypraecassis rufa is a species of large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cassidae. It is commonly known as the bullmouth or red helmet shell, and also as the cameo shell.[2]

A shell of Cypraecassis rufa. The anterior end is to the lower left.
Shell showing posterior end, with spire and protoconch, and right side of the shell.

Distribution[edit]

This species is found off the southern African coast from northern KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique. It is more common in Mozambique.[3] It is also a common shell to find on the shores of Kenya.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edward Vanden Berghe (1997). "Cypraecassis rufa (Linnaeus, 1758)". World Register of Marine Species. 
  2. ^ http://www.gastropods.com/3/Shell_103.shtml accessed 8 January 2010
  3. ^ Steyn, D.G. & Lussi, M. 2005. Offshore Shells of Southern Africa ISBN 0-620-33607-2

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