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  Cypraea arabica Linnaeus, 1758
  Family Name : Cyparaeidae

  Taxonomic Group : Invertebrates (Mollusc)

  Common Names : Arabian Cowrie

 
Arabian Cowrie
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Coral reefs. Usually shelters under rocks, corals, or in crevices during the day, and moves about actively at night.
      Habitats :
      Coral Reef, Marine
      Distribution :
      Indo-Pacific.
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Habitat destruction; collection for marine curio trade.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      Shell trade.
      Conservation Notes :
      Specimens can still be found but are much less abundant than in the 1960s. Sites of occurrence need to be identified, some need to be designated as nature areas or marine protected areas, and legislation to protect marine life from over-collecting needs to be instituted.
  • Status
    • Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Vulnerable (VU)
  • References
    • Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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