species: Eclogavena quadrimaculata in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Eclogavena quadrimaculata

©Barbara Banks: Eclogavena quadrimaculata at Clam Garden, Lizard Island

©Barbara Banks: Eclogavena quadrimaculata at Clam Garden, Lizard Island

©Lexie Gersbeck and Gabi Howarth: Eclogavena quadrimaculata about 2 cm long from the reef flat on lagoon side of Bird Islet, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Littorinimorpha
Family Cypraeidae
Genus Eclogavena
Species Eclogavena quadrimaculata



Distinguishing features

Two dark spots at each end are distinctive. Top otherwise pale grey/blue with many tiny brown flecks, often with three slightly darker broad bands. Shell completely white or pale yellowish underneath. Teeth spread right across base to the margin.


  • Up to 3.5 cm (length according to 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.

Other references

  • 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.