Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa
Cypraeidae

Mauritia eglantina

(Duclos, 1833)
Shell: medium, solid, elliptical to sub-cylindrical, ranging from 40-60 mm. Spire partially covered by outer tip. Teeth: 24 to 33 columellar teeth; 25 to 28 labral teeth. Sculpture: smooth, porcelaneous, margins slightly thickened. Exterior colour blue grey background crossed by diffuse brown chevron bands centrally and at each end; dorsum overlaid with network of dashes, lines and hieroglyphs interrupted by clear space; base cream; teeth highlighted brown; margins cream with heavy spotting towards the dorsum. Prominent dark blotch at the spire Mantle line distinct.


Specimens

Gneerings Shoal,  Australia
Size: 52.44mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from rocky reef at 12-15m by diver.

Caloundra [Nth Headland],  Australia
Size: 40.63mm    Collected: 1987
found on rocky reef at low tide 5m from shore

Sykes Reef,  Australia
Size: 51.83mm    Collected: 2019
On intertidal reef under dead coral slab. Common in the area

Lamont Reef,  Australia
Size: 48.44mm    Collected: 2019
Under rocks on weather edge of reef. At low tide.

Lamont Reef,  Australia
Size: 60.1mm    Collected: 2019
Sub adult shell with lined pattern

naru wall,  Solomon Islands
Size: 51.4mm    Collected: 1998
found dead in 5m of water on coral reef

Gemo Island,  Papua New Guinea
Size: 45.65mm    Collected: 1983
found on shore line under algea covered rocks

Lolorua island,  Papua New Guinea
Size: 40.62mm    Collected: Unknown
No data

Weno Island,  Chuuk state
Size: 56.76mm    Collected: 2004
found dead on deck of wreck at 20m