Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Cucullaea labiata (Lightfoot, 1786)

Common Cowl Shell

Compiler and date details

December 2010 - Peter U. Middelfart, Winston F. Ponder & Des Beechey, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia

August 2002 - Peter U. Middelfart, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia


Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy


Generic Combinations




New South Wales, Queensland

Extra Distribution Information

Indo-West Pacific

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northern Shelf Province (25), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Ecological Descriptors

Marine, sand bottom.

Extra Ecological Information

Depth up to 140 m


General References

Allan, J.K. 1950. Australian shells: with related animals living in the sea, in freshwater and on the land. Melbourne : Georgian House xix, 470 pp., 45 pls, 112 text figs. [253] (also as Cucullaea vaga)

Habe, T. 1964. Notes on the Genus Cucullaea Lamarck (Mollusca). Bulletin of the National Science Museum, Tokyo 7(3): 259-261 [259] (as C. labiata labiata, C. l. petita, C. l. vaga and C. l. granulosa)

Hedley, C. 1904. Studies on Australian Mollusca. Part VIII. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 29: 182-211 [201] (as Cucullaea concamera)

Hedley, C. 1918. A checklist of the marine fauna of New South Wales. Part 1. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 51: M1–M120 [M5] (as Cucullaea concamera)

Huber, M. 2010. Compendium of Bivalves. A full-color guide to 3,300 of the world's marine bivalves. A status on Bivalvia after 250 years of research. Hackenheim, Germany : ConchBooks 901 pp., 1 CD-ROM. [148. text fig.; 578-579]

Hylleberg, J & Kilburn, R.N. 2003. Marine Molluscs of Vietnam: Annotations, voucher material, and species in need of verification. Phuket Marine Biological Center Special Publication 28: 1-299 [154]

Iredale, T. 1936. Australian molluscan notes. No. 2. Records of the Australian Museum 19(5): 267-340, pls 20-24 [267] (as Cucullaea vaga)

Iredale, T. & McMichael, D.F. 1962. A reference list of the marine Mollusca of New South Wales. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 11: 1–109 [8] (as Cucullaea vaga)

Lamprell, K. & Healy, J. 1998. Bivalves of Australia. Leiden : Backhuys Publishers Vol. 2 288 pp. [62, fig. 97] (distribution)

Morton, B. 1981. The mode of life and function of the shell buttress in Cucullaea concamerata (Martini) (Bivalvia: Arcacea). Journal of Conchology 30: 295-301 [295]

Nicol, D. 1950. Recent species of the prionodont pelecypod Cucullaea. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 40(10): 338-343 [338] (as C. labiata. Extensive revision of the taxon)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
22-Aug-2023 BIVALVIA 22-Aug-2023 MOVED Mr Des Beechey Ingo Burghardt Ms Anouk Mututantri (AM)
29-Jan-2013 29-Jan-2013 MODIFIED
07-Aug-2012 14-Aug-2012 MODIFIED
07-Aug-2012 01-Oct-2010 MODIFIED
16-Sep-2010 MODIFIED