Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa

Lyncina lynx

(Linnaeus, 1758)
Shell: moderately small to medium, solid, ovate to sub-pyriform, ranging from 26-59 mm. Spire concealed. Teeth: 17 to 19 columellar teeth; 18 to 22 labral teeth. Sculpture: smooth, porcelaneous. Aperture elongate, narrow. Exterior colour fawn to blue grey; dorsum covered in diffuse overlapping spots of varying size and colour; base and margins cream, interstices between teeth stained orange; margins cream with prominent dark spots; terminal spots at each end. Mantle line distinct.


Mackerel Reef 21-466,  Australia
Size: 59.34mm    Collected: 2011
Dead collected on coral reef between 5-20m depth. Taken on scuba.

Myora Reef,  Australia
Size: 54.79mm    Collected: 2002
Collected at low tide.

Dingo Beach,  Australia
Size: 40mm    Collected: Unknown
On intertidal reef under coral slabs.

Wilson Island,  Australia
Size: 32mm    Collected: 1997
On intertidal reef under coral slabs.

Lamont Reef,  Australia
Size: 35mm    Collected: 2003
On intertidal reef under coral slabs.

Gould Reef,  Australia
Size: 26mm    Collected: 2001
On intertidal reef under coral slabs.

Scawfell Island,  Australia
Size: 30mm    Collected: Unknown
Dead collected on intertidal reef.

Uepi- Dive Jetty,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 2016
found dead in 1m of water near coral rocks on reef

General Store,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 2000
found dead in sand on coral reef

forma: michaelis  Melvill, 1905
Polynesia. Smaller, depressed, calloused margins
Papua Mote,  Cook Islands
Size: 37.97mm    Collected: 1998
Collected from under dead coral slabs at 1-2 m.

Quayles Reef,  Papua New Guinea
Size: mm    Collected: 2001
found dead in sand on coral reef at 15m

Port Moresby,  Papua New Guinea
Size: mm    Collected: 1983
No data.

Goat Island,  Australia
Size: mm    Collected: 2000
Collected by diver. Courtesy S Grail.