NZ Mollusca

Lyncina vitellus Linnaeus, 1758

Lyncina vitellus
Pacific Deer Cowrie collected by scuba diving off northern New Zealand, 31mm
Lyncina vitellus
Far North, in beach drift, 46mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Littorinimorpha - Cypraeidae: Luriinae - Lyncina
Size/Grows to: Length 55mm, Width 35mm
Distribution: Indo-Pacific, from Red Sea to Hawaiian Islands, Polynesia and Northland to Poor Knights Islands, down to about 25 metres [K.A.]
Some known Localities
  • Off Cape Karikari, Northland, NZ
  • Whangaroa, Northland, NZ
  • Poor Knights Islands, Northland, NZ
  • Whangarei Heads, Northland, NZ
  • Goat Island Bay, Leigh, Auckland, NZ
  • Leigh Harbour Entrance, Northland, NZ
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.152)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1976: On the considerable influx of warm water molluscs that have invaded northern New Zealand waters within recent years, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 13 (p.144)
  • Penniket, J.R. Sep/1973: Notes of Interest: Cypraea vitellus, Poirieria, 7(2) (p.30)
  • Grange, K.R. Aug/1973: Cypraea vitellus in New Zealand, Poirieria, 7(1) (p.3)
  • Willan, R.C. Mar/1972: Notes of Interest: Cypraea vitellus, Poirieria, 6(3) (p.58)
  • Schilder, F.A. 1967: Cypraeidae from New Zealand, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 6(3) (p.201)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.