Notocypraea piperita

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Notocypraea piperita
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Shell of Notocypraea piperita from Australia at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano
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Ventral view
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Cypraeoidea
Family: Cypraeidae
Genus: Notocypraea
Species: N. piperita
Binomial name
Notocypraea piperita
Gray, 1825
Synonyms
  • Cypraea piperita Gray, 1825
  • Cypraea bicolor Gaskoin, 1849
  • Cypraea piperita var. leucochroa Sullioti, 1924
  • Erronea angustata piperita (Gray, 1825)
  • Erronea angustata piperita var. reticulifera Schilder, 1924

Notocypraea piperita, common name peppered cowrie, is a species of sea snail, a cowry, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cypraeidae, the cowries.

Description[edit]

Notocypraea piperita has a shell reaching a size of 16-30 mm. The dorsum surface usually shows pale brown or peach-coloured transversal bands on a paler background, while the base is whitish or yellowish, with small dark spots on the ventral margin.

Habitat[edit]

This cowry lives subtidally on rocks.

Distribution[edit]

This species and its subspecies occur in the seas along southern Australia and northern Tasmania.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Notocypraea piperita bicolor Gaskoin, 1849
  • Notocypraea piperita piperita Gray, 1825

References[edit]

  • Lorenz F. & Hubert A. (2000) A guide to worldwide cowries. Edition 2. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. 584 pp
  • Lorenz F. (2005) Taxonomic notes on two poorly known species of Notocypraea (Gastropoda: Cypraeidae). Visaya 1(5):16-21

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