Lyncina lynx (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lynx cowry, 27-63mm

Lyncina lynx is a common medium-sized cowry found primarily under rocks on shallow lagoon subtidal interisland reefs and some reef-type pinnacles (for example, the one called Mar Fill head near Kwajalein). We have seen them down to a depth of approximately 13m. Smaller specimens are usually found intertidally under rocks. Full adults have a bluish purple cast over the dorsum; specimens simply white to tan with brown spots are slightly subadult.

The hard shell of these snails is obviously not a protection from all crushing predators.

Created 1 April 2008
Updated 27 March 2011

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