Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa

Monetaria moneta

(Linnaeus, 1758)
Shell: small to moderately small, solid, ovate to rhomboidal , ranging from 20-31 mm. Spire concealed. Teeth: 9 to 13 columellar teeth; 10 to 14 labral teeth. Sculpture: smooth, porcelaneous; margins thickened and nodular. Aperture elongate, narrow, slightly wider at anterior. Exterior colour pale green grey, pale blue or deep yellow; dosum darker, with 3 transvers grey bands and may have yellow orange ring; base white; mantle line indistinct.


Myora light,  Australia
Size: 31mm    Collected: 1988
Collected live on sand.

Big Sandy Reef 21-546,  Australia
Size: 20mm    Collected: 1993
At 10 m depth. Taken on scuba.

Myora light,  Australia
Size: mm    Collected: 1989
under coral slab in 50cm of water on snad, mud and coral rubble bottom 0.4m tide

Gould Reef,  Australia
Size: 30mm    Collected: Unknown
No data.

Wreck Island,  Australia
Size: 25mm    Collected: 1975
Under coral slabs on reef.

Sykes Reef,  Australia
Size: 23mm    Collected: 2019
under slab of dead coral on weather edge of reef.

Murray Island,  Australia
Size: 29mm    Collected: Unknown
No data.

Wooli,  Australia
Size: mm    Collected: 1989
found on rocky reef at low tide

Grand Central Station,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 1998
found dead in sand on coral reef see dive log #28

Charapoana Island,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 2000
found dead in sand on coral reef

Uepi POint,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 2002
found dead in sand on coral reef

Madang,  Papua New Guinea
Size: mm    Collected: 1973
No data.

Taurama Beach,  Papua New Guinea
Size: mm    Collected: 1984
under a coral rock on reef

Coral Coast,  Fiji
Size: mm    Collected: 1989
No data.

Man Friday Resort,  Fiji
Size: mm    Collected: 1997
found dead in sand in 1 meter of water also observed some specimens on coral reef in 3m of water in same location.