Lyncina lynx   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 38.75 mm, height 21.35 mm, maximum breadth 25.10 mm.

Color: Surface is whitish mottled faintly with brown, but irregular brown spots are not clear; thickened callus on sides are marked with colored brownish spots.

Shell is large, elongately ovate, dorsum elevated, base is white and carinated a little away from the aperture. Teeth are white strong ; interstices are bright orange-red.

Synonym (s)
Cypraea lynx Linnaeus, 1758
Cypraea lynx Smith, 1906
Lyncia lynx Mookherjee, 1985

Common Name (s)
• Eyed Cowrie
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 14/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Comoros Islands
• Zanzibar Island TANZANIA
• Red Sea
• Aden YEMEN
• Karachi PAKISTAN
• Reunion Island
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Surya Rao, KV and Subba Rao, NV (1991) Mollusca State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 273-362 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Mookherjee, HP (1985) Contributions to the Molluscan fauna of India, Part III. Marine molluscs of the Coromandel coast, Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar - Gastropoda: Mesogastropoda (Part-2) Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 75 ZSI, Calcutta 93 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa

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