Cypraea (Monetaria) moneta   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 3 cm.

Color: Top yellow, orange or greenish grey with three faint dark transverse bands, a faint encircling line sometimes present, base and sides paler than the top and unspotted; dorsum yellow or off white.

Shell small to medium, very strong and solid, highly polished and enameled, pentagonal owing to the presence of curios nodules; dorsum marked with two or three narrow or slightly broad but obscure greenish or slate gray transverse bands widely separated from one another, sometimes with annular ring; raised and humped central area separated from the swollen and rounded marginal area by a well marked depression; extremities produced, sides white and faintly yellow. Base mostly white, teeth coarse, strong and more crowded. Margins irregularly nodular.

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Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1993) Australian marine shells 1 1-408 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sundaram, KS; Sarvesan, R; Mohamed, KH and Shanbhogue, SL (1969) Catalogue of molluscs, prawns, stomatopods and marine algae in the reference collections of the central marine fisheries research institute Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 9 1-52 Available at -
  • Conchology - The art and science of nature Available at -

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