Cypraea onyx [Status Unaccepted]   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Phillip Colla

Max. size: 5.7 cm SHL

Color: Dark brown often with two or three bands of gold across it. The underside is black with an orange tinge on the 'teeth'. The mantle may be golden yellow speckled with black spots, white blotches and short white projections.

Shell is pear-shaped.

Synonym (s)
Adusta onyx (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Senior synonym)
Cypraea adusta Lamarck, 1810
(Junior synonym)
Cypraea nymphae Jay, 1850
(Junior synonym)
Cypraea succinata Linnaeus, 1758
(Junior synonym)
Erronea onyx (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Demersal


• Tamil Nadu, Off Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 06/2002-05/2003)
• Gujarat, Saurashtra INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Ramkumar, R and Edward, JKP (2004) Recruitment of epibenthic communities on artificial reefs in Tuticorin coastal waters, southeast coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 46(1) 108-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Bisyogai shells database Available at -
  • Tan, R Wild fact sheets Available at -
  • Phillip colla photography Available at -
  • Dholakia, AD (2004) Marine resources Fisheries and aquatic resources of India Daya publishing house 271-303 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Subba Rao, NV and Dey, A (2000) Catalogue of marine molluscs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Occasional paper no 187 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 1-323 Available at - NCL, Pune

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