Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

Species Zoila venusta (Sowerby, 1847)

Much Desired Cowry




South Australia, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Central Western Shelf Province (29), Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Great Australian Bight Shelf Transition (32)

Ecological Descriptors

Continental shelf, intertidal, marine, subtidal.

Extra Ecological Information

Lives on and of sponges. See Wilson & Clarkson (2004) for extensive ecological information


Common Name References

Coleman, N. 1975. What Shell is That? Sydney : Lansdowne Press 298 pp. [61, pl. 164] (Much Desired Cowry)


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)
01-Jun-2021 CYPRAEOIDEA 20-Mar-2012 MOVED Mr Des Beechey (AM) Ms Anouk Mututantri (AM)
01-Jun-2021 05-Mar-2012 MOVED
01-Jun-2021 05-Mar-2012 MOVED
21-Nov-2011 MODIFIED