Cypraea moneta Linnaeus, 1758
Money cowrie
Cypraea moneta
photo by Batoy, Corazon B.

Family:  Cypraeidae (cowries)
Max. size:  4.5 cm SHL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 70 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East and South Africa to eastern Polynesia.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Commonly collected in large quantities for shellcraft. Once used as a currency in Pacific and Indian Ocean countries, the shell remains as a divinatory item by some animist tribes in tropical Africa (Ref. 349). Found in shallow subtidal depths (Ref. 349); in reef areas of lagoons (Ref. 97298). Members of the family Cypraeidae are primarily carnivores (Ref. 67623).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 05.04.06
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 01.04.15

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