Ovatipsa chinensis (Gmelin, 1791)


Uncommon to rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific region. In Australia recorded around Exmouth in Western Australia, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland south to central New South Wales, and including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes: 

By day is found under coral slabs and rocks, moving out of hiding only at night.

Additional Notes: 

Base and sides pale fawn, white spots on dorsal surface, base and lower sides sometimes tinged with purple. Teeth fawn with dark orange interstices. The live animal has a strikingly coloured reddish mantle with long papillae. Grows to 45 mm. Previously known as Cypraea chinensis.



Cowries of New South Wales, David Tarrant, published by David Tarrant, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2016. p.51.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Ovatipsa+chinensis. Accessed 09/11/2018.