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Comparison of Cypraea
castanea latebrosa and Cypraea iutsui
Click on any one of these photos to see a
larger picture !!
The above 3 photos show C.
castanea latebrosa (34mm) on the left and Cypraea iutsui iutsui
(33mm) on the right.
South Africa has a small number of rare deep-water Cypraea shells.
These are :
The subject of this short article is a comparison between
Cypraea castanea latebrosa
and Cypraea iutsui
. These shells were trawled off the area between
Algoa Bay and Jeffreys Bay, South Africa at a depth of
The main differences between these 2 species are : the
is more compact , heavier and has a
different colour pattern to the iutsui
has basal teeth which are more yellow. The
has a lighter shell in general, with more
produced terminals, easily seen in the above photos.
There is of course the possibility that these 2 species might
inter-breed and form hybrids.
There follows here below a photo of the Cypraea castanea
, which is the shallow water form of
and is dived at 40m deep off Jeffeys Bay.
(click to view bigger picture).
The Cypraea castanea castanea
has a much more
elongate form than the castanea latebrosa
. It is also
much lighter in weight.
Here follows a photo of a live-taken Cypraea iutsui
(photo courtesy of Dai Herbert).