Southern Cowrie

Cowrie southern
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit20


possession limit-


boat limit-

(other shellfish species combined)

Guide to symbols

bagBag Limit
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boatBoat Limit

Minimum size


Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.

Other names

brown cowrie, slim cowrie, tight cowrie, Comptons cowrie

Scientific name

Notocypraea angustata

Grows to

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Identifying features

​The mantle or shell of the southern cowrie can vary in colour from pale to dark brown. Usually there are no dorsal stripes but large blurred spots on the margin are common. It is one of five species found in Tasmania and very similar to Compton’s cowrie Notocypraea comptoni which is narrower with a lighter brown or orange shell sometimes with slightly darker stripes across it.


Most frequently observed living subtidally under rocks from 0-15 metres.

Fishing information

A widespread and common species in Tasmania, these attractive cowries are popular with shell collectors. Only take shells washed up on the beach (cast) rather than a living cowrie, unless you are collecting for an aquarium.


Admire and return to the water alive.


Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

0427 655 557

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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550