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Gastropoda Hypsogastropoda Cypraeidae 

Lyncina vitellus Linnaeus, 1758

Type of listing: Name in current use


   Cypraea vitellus Linnaeus, 1758
   Lyncina vitellus (Linnaeus, 1758)
   Cypraea dama Perry, 1811
   Cypraea subfascula Dillwyn, 1827
   Cypraea salita Roberts, 1870
   Cypraea vitellus var. sarcodes Melvill, 1888
   Cypraea vitellus var. fergusoni Rous, 1905
   Mystaponda orcina Iredale, 1931
   Cypraea distorta Iredale, 1935
   Cypraea (Lyncina) vitellus polynesiae Schilder & Schilder, 1939

Common Name

Milk-spotted Cowry p.125, pl.21, f.23      Allan, J. 1950.  


Indo-West Pacific; Cape Leeuwin, WA to central NSW

  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricLower W coast
  ABRS RegionsAustraliaNew South Wales
  ABRS RegionsAustraliaWestern Australia
  ABRS RegionsAustraliaNorthern Territory
  ABRS RegionsAustraliaQueensland
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricCentral E coast
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricLower E coast
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricNE coast
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricGulf of Carp.
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricN coast
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricSW coast
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricCentral W coast
  ABRS RegionsAustralia200 m bathymetricNW coast
  OBIS RegionsTropical Indo-West Pacific
  OBIS RegionsTemperate Indo-West PacificSouthern HemisphereAustralia (S)New South Wales
  OBIS RegionsTropical Indo-West PacificRed Sea
     Dekker, H. & Orlin, Z. 2000. p.22 


depth: continental shelf 
depth: continental slope [to 250 m]
depth: intertidal 
depth: shallow subtidal 
depth: subtidal 
habitat: coral reef [amongst seaweed, under coral slabs]
habitat: rock reef [under rocks]
substrate: sand [buried]


 Iredale, T. & McMichael, D.F. 1962. p.59 General reference
 Lorenz, F. & Hubert, A. 2000. p.72-73 Contains synonymy
 Wilson, B. 1993. p.183 [pl. 34, figs 9 a-c]  General reference


                        Cypraeidae Gray, 1824
                          Cypraeinae Gray, 1824
                            Lyncina Troschel, 1863
                              Lyncina vitellus Linnaeus, 1758


Taxon name record (intBiotaID=8500) created by Playpus Export Program on 2000-11-09. Record last updated by Gary Rosenberg on 2004-10-29.