Money Cowry (species: Monetaria moneta) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Monetaria moneta
Money Cowry

©Barbara Banks: Money Cowry (Monetaria moneta) at Lizard Island.

©Barbara Banks: Money Cowry (Monetaria moneta)at Lizard Island.

©Lexie Gersbeck and Gabi Howarth: Monetaria moneta 2.7 cm long from the Loomis Reef and Research Station area, Lizard Island. The blue spot on the shell is an artefact.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Littorinimorpha
Family Cypraeidae
Genus Monetaria
Species Monetaria moneta



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Huelsken, T. (2008). Phylogenetic relationship and species identification within the Natcidae Guilding, 1834 (Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda), Ph.D. thesis, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum. LIRS catalog number 1204.
  • Robertson, R. (1981). List of shell-bearing mollusks observed and collected at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Tryonia, 4: 1-32. LIRS catalog number 403.