Mauritia histrio   (Gmelin,  1791) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Distinct blotch on spire, dorsum with large open reticulations, but only trace of longitudinal lines present. Base white, teeth chocolate brown. Both anterior and posterior ends with dark chocolate brown blotches.

Synonym (s)
Arabica histrio histrio Mallik, 1979
Cypraea histrio Gmelin, 1791
Cypraea reticulata Martyn, 1784

Common Name (s)
• Harlequin Cowry (English)
• History Cowrie (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• East Coast, Coromandel INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • 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
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu 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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