Compton’s cowrie

Notocypraea comptonii (Gray, 1847)

Can be found locally although not as common as Notocypraea angustata.Live Cowries can cover the outside of their shell with a thin mantle practically hiding the shell but can retract the mantle to show all of or part of the shell

How to identify Notocypraea comptonii?

A rounded egg shaped shell that is orangish brownish in colour with two darker bands around the middle and the bottom edge of the shell has a number of dark spots.

What habitats does Notocypraea comptonii live in?

Typically found under rocks on reefs to depths greater than 15m

What is the distribution of Notocypraea comptonii?

Southern Australia from WA to NSW including around Tasmania

How big does Notocypraea comptonii grow?

The shell can grow up to around 30mm although typically smaller in ones found washed up

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