Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa
Cypraeidae

Monetaria moneta

(Linnaeus, 1758)
Shell: small to moderately small, solid, ovate to rhomboidal , ranging from 12-33 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.


Specimens

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

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
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

Lord Howe Island,  Australia
Size: 22.15mm    Collected: Unknown
No data

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
Grand Central Station,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 1998
found dead in sand on coral reef see dive log #28

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
Charapoana Island,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 2000
found dead in sand on coral reef

Nauru,  Nauru
Size: 25.16mm    Collected: Unknown
No data

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
Uepi POint,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 2002
found dead in sand on coral reef

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
Papeete,  French Polynesia
Size: 12.92mm    Collected: 1999
In sand at 1-2m [4-6 ft].

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
Huahine,  French Polynesia
Size: 29.92mm    Collected: Unknown
No data

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
Tuamotus Islands,  French Polynesia
Size: 15.9mm    Collected: 2007
Collected from reef by diver.

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
Espiritu Santo,  Vanuatu
Size: 26.88mm    Collected: Unknown
No data

Muri Lagoon,  New Zealand
Size: 20.34mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from under coral on sand at 1-2m.

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

Rabaul- Old,  Papua New Guinea
Size: 28.51mm    Collected: Unknown
No data

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

Boang Island,  Papua New Guinea
Size: 19.33mm    Collected: 1975
Collected by scuba diver.

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
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.

Phuket,  Thailand
Size: 25.35mm    Collected: Unknown
No data.

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
Pura Tanah Lot ,  Indonesia
Size: 22.37mm    Collected: 1995
Dead in rubble at 5m.

Bohol,  Philippines
Size: 21.11mm    Collected: 2007
Collected by local fishermen.

Sulu Archipelago,  Philippines
Size: 19.86mm    Collected: Unknown
No data

Taiwan,  Taiwan
Size: 31.08mm    Collected: 1971
No data

Palau Tiomen,  Malaysia
Size: 22.53mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from under rubble at 1m.

guam,  Guam
Size: 14.33mm    Collected: Unknown
Dead in rubble and weed at low tide.

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
Saipan Island,  Northern Mariana Islands
Size: 15.02mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected form rubble at 2m by diver.

forma: tuberculata  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
This form has extreme marginal turbercules and elevated teeth.
Susupe,  Northern Mariana Islands
Size: 18.96mm    Collected: 1995
No data

Subspecies: Monetaria moneta icterina  (Lamarck, 1810)

Dakar,  Senegal
Size: 33.28mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from reef at 2m by diver.

forma: venefica  
This variation has a whitish dorsum with yellow to pale orange base.
Seychelles,  Seychelles
Size: 20.91mm    Collected: Unknown
No data

St Francois,  Mauritius
Size: 12.52mm    Collected: 1992
Collected from reef at low tide.