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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Cypraeidea
Money cowrie
Monetaria moneta
Family Cypraeidae
updated Sep 2019

Where seen? This squat cowrie was seen once at Cyrene. It is was previously known as Cypraea moneta. Called 'money cowry' because in the past, the shells were used as currency in the Pacific and Indian Ocean.

2-3cm. Shell rather irregular in shape, almost hexagonal, yellowish white with dark smudges around the humped up middle part of the shell. Underside plain white (no markings) without coloured 'teeth'. The living animal has a translucent mantle with a pattern of fine dark bars and short translucent 'hairs'.

Cyene Reef, Jun 19
Photo shared by Victor Toh on facebook.

Cyene Reef, Jun 19
Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.

Cyene Reef, Jun 19

Cyene Reef, Jun 19

Cyene Reef, Jun 19

Money cowrie (Monetaria moneta)?

Money cowries on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Cyene Reef, Apr 21
Photos shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.


Underside of shell with 'teeth'.




  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore (pdf), Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
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