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A glossy large and heavy sea snail, about 15 cm in length, and the upper or dorsal side is white, pale bluish-white, or buff, densely covered with dark brown or blackish barely circular spots.
Spotted at Sebayur Besar Island, coral reef area, Indonesia. The tiger cowrie is found on the ocean floor in the Indo-Pacific region, from the eastern coast of Africa to the waters of Micronesia and Polynesia, the Coral Sea and around the Philippines. Along the Australian Coast it is found from Northern New South Wales to northern Western Australia, as well as Lord Howe Island, and along the east coast of Africa including Madagascar.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Gastropoda (unranked): clade Caenogastropoda clade Hypsogastropoda clade Littorinimorpha Superfamily: Cypraeoidea Family: Cypraeidae Subfamily: Cypraeinae Genus: Cypraea Species: C. tigris