species: Mauritia arabica in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Mauritia arabica

©Barbara Banks: Mauritia arabica at Horseshoe Reef, Lizard Island.

©Barbara Banks: Mauritia arabica 5 to 6 cm long at Horseshoe Reef, Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Mauritia arabica on the reef flat at Coconut Beach, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Littorinimorpha
Family Cypraeidae
Genus Mauritia
Species Mauritia arabica



Distinguishing features

Lacks a brown blotch on upper rear part of shell.


  • Up to 10 cm (Shell length according to Wilson (1993))


Similar taxa

  • Animalia: species: Mauritia eglantina
    is very similar and can be hard to distinguish. It has a "prominent brown blotch above the posterior canal" that is absent in M. arabica, and it is "usually more slender and calloused at the margin" than M. arabica (Wilson, 1993).


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Wilson, B. (1993). Australian Marine Shells: 1. Prosobranch gastropods Odyssey Publishing, Kallaroo, Western Australia.