Golden cowrie

Description
This tropical sea snail was collected in Tahiti and donated to the Museum in 1919. In life the snail’s mantle (part of its soft body) covers the shell making it appear deep red.
Accession Loan No.
60/1919/379
Collection Class
Molluscs
Common Name
golden cowrie
Simple Name
mollusc: shell
Full Name
CYPRAEIDAE: Cypraea aurantia: golden cowrie
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901); Edwardian (1901-1914)
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Jewell, Miss Florence (from the collection of)
Collection Town
Tahiti
Collection County
Tahiti
Collection Country
French Polynesia (Overseas Collectivity of France)
Collection Area Region
Polynesia
Collection Continent
Oceania
Phylum
MOLLUSCA
Family
CYPRAEIDAE
Genus
Cypraea
Species
aurantia

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