Cypraea moneta


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Related to Cypraea moneta: Cypraea tigris, money cowry
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Noun1.Cypraea moneta - cowrie whose shell is used for money in parts of the southern Pacific and in parts of AfricaCypraea moneta - cowrie whose shell is used for money in parts of the southern Pacific and in parts of Africa
cowrie, cowry - any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells
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The first contains only one bead, which is the shell of Cypraea moneta (or 'money cowrie', named after the use of this shell as money since ancient times).
Observations on the behavior and shell types of Cypraea moneta (Mollusca, Gastropoda) at Enewetak Marshall Islands.