Lyncina carneola

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Lyncina carneola
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Five views of a shell of Lyncina carneola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Cypraeoidea
Family: Cypraeidae
Genus: Lyncina
Species: L. carneola
Binomial name
Lyncina carneola
(Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Cypraea propinqua Garrett, 1879
  • Cypraea carneola Linnaeus, 1758 (basionym)

Lyncina carneola, common name the carnelian cowrie, is a species of sea snail, a cowry, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cypraeidae, the cowries.[1]


Lyncina carneola, side view

These cowries reach 30–80 millimetres (1.2–3.1 in) in length. Their shape is rounded and the basic color is a pale orange-brown, with some transverse bands.


Distribution map of Lyncina carneola

This species occurs in the seas off Aldabra, Chagos, the Comores, the East Coast of South Africa, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, the Mascarene Basin, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Red Sea, Réunion, the Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania.


  1. ^ a b Lyncina carneola( Linnaeus, 1758). WoRMS (2009). Lyncina carneola (Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed through the World Register of Marine Species at on 11 October 2010.
  • Fishelson, L., 1971. Ecology and distribution of the benthic fauna in the shallow waters of the Red Sea. Mar. Biol., Berl. 10 2: 113-133

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