Milk spot cowry (species: Lyncina vitellus) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Lyncina vitellus
Milk spot cowry

©Barbara Banks: Lyncina vitelluson rubble ESE of Loomis Reef, Lizard Island

©Barbara Banks: Lyncina vitellus ESE of Loomis Lizard Island

©Lyle Vail: Lyncina vitellus about 4 cm long on the reef flat at Coconut beach, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Littorinimorpha
Family Cypraeidae
Genus Lyncina
Species Lyncina vitellus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 7 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.