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

Size: Upto 115 mm in length

Color: Dorsum with dark brown spots on creamy background, base cream colored.

Shell very large, one of the largest cowry, cylindrical and heavy; dorsum irregular, light and dark brown blotches on the margins and at the extremities; base with light fawn colored aperture and teeth.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Tortoise Cowrie (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Galathea Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sanibel Seashell Industries Available at -
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune

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