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Cypraea achatidea Sowerby, 1837....38 to 41mm.  With dorsums well mottled in cinnamon brown on creamy tan...Senegal..

Cypraea achatidea Sowerby, 1837....38 to 41mm.  NICE 3-set showing three distinct variants -   ...Senegal

Cypraea achatidea inopinata Schilder, 1930..38.5mm Top-notch...Guinea Bassau

Cypraea achatidea inopinata Schilder, 1930..35  - 37mm  Good specimens of a good form, for a GREAT price..Guinea Bissau


Cypraea albuginosa Gray, 1825...21.5mm The very scarce Galapagos form...Galapagos


Cypraea algoensis Gray, 1825....26mm. Gem....South Africa

Cypraea algoensis Gray, 1825....21mm. Globose, fully mature & with lots of brown lateral spots, just 3 tiny pinholes on the base...South Africa

Cypraea algoensis permarginata Lorenz, 1989...21mm Splendid specimen, with particularly dark lateral spots.South Africa

Cypraea algoensis  (dorsum) permarginata Lorenz, 1989  (ventrum)....22mm  Large for the form, and nicely margined...South Africa

Cypraea algoensis  (dorsum) permarginata Lorenz, 1989  (ventrum)....20mm  DARK, heavily margined, attractively spotted - this one has it all!...South Africa

Cypraea algoensis permarginata sanfrancesca Chiapponi, 1999 19mm  Unusually light-colored specimen - exeptional!!..South Africa

Cypraea algoensis(dorsum) permarginata Lorenz, 1989 (ventrum)...20mm  DARK, heavily margined, attractively spotted - this one has it all!...South Africa


Cypraea androyensis Bloecher & Lorenz, 1999...16mm   This one is TOUGH to get, and almost always dead...S. Madagascar.


Cypraea angiyorum Biraghi, 1978..30mm This one is hard to get...India.


Cypraea annulus Linne, 1758...28mm   A very striking specimen ...Indonesia.

Cypraea annulus Linne, 1758....20 to 24mm.  Albino specimens, creamy white with blue-white dorsum...Philippines

Cypraea annulus Linne, 1758.21 & 22mm Pair of squashed Freaks!  ..Indonesia.

Cypraea annulus Linne, 1758...25mm...SuperFreakish little beastie! Both canals produced & calloused to an amazing extent...Zanzibar

Cypraea annulus Linne, 1758...15mm...FREAK! Looks like a bubble shell (take a look at the photo)...Madagascar

Cypraea annulus Linne, 1758...19mm. FREAK! Not really  sure how to describe this one: Lorenz reportedly called it a form of melanism, but it is not dark.  It has a creamy overcasting, with a light orange stripe down the center, and no ring.  DEFINITELY different...Australia

Cypraea annulus Linne, 1758 ..21mm  SUPERFREAK!! Very unusual rostrate specimen...Zanzibar


Cypraea arabica Linne, 1758 ...64mm Quite unusual pattern, good locality.. Lacadive Is.

Cypraea arabica immanis Sch & Sch, 1939 ..74.5mm  MELANISTIC! - mid-stage melanism, with wonderful pattern-distortion . Madagascar

Cypraea arabica Linne, 1758...50.7mm Gem. 80% niger. Very dark, very nice.  New Caladonia

Cypraea arabica L, 1758..54.5mm .. ROSTRATE. Actually, i'm not sure if this is normal rostratism - specimen is elongate with extended protoconch..Indonesia.

Cypraea arabica Linne, 1758...63mm  Unusual golden-brown overcast dorsum...Philippines

Cypraea arabica asiatica Schilder & Schilder, 1939....56mm Very dark - a good one!...Indonesia

Cypraea arabica asiatica Schilder & Schilder, 1939...36 & 38mm FANTASTIC contrast pair - about as different from each other as possible!!...Hong Kong

Cypraea arabica asiatica Schilder & Schilder, 1933....51 mm  Big, heavy specimen with well raised marginal callus...Thailand

Cypraea arabica grayana Schilder, 1930..66mm !  GIANT  Also, this one looks more like histrio than any of these i've ever seen. Egypt

Cypraea arabica immanis Sch & Sch, 1939...84mm Tall, dark, handsome - yadayadayada...Zanzibar.

Cypraea arabica immanis Sch & Sch, 1939 .71mm Interesting pattern: would look good in any showcase... . Madagascar

Cypraea arabica immanis Sch & Sch, 1939.61mm Dark: mid-stagemelanistic, with a deep-PURPLE bottom..Zanzibar.

Cypraeaarabica immanis Schilder & Schilder, 1939..87.5mm  Fat, HUGE, dark-bottomed monster with lots of marginal spots..Zanzibar

Cypraea arabica Linne, 1758....42mm with chestnut brown dorsum & thick marginal callus so black it almost looks painted on...Philippines

Cypraea arabica cf immanus Linne, 1758....67 mm  Interesting, dark, fresh specimen with well caloused base Transkei... South Africa

Cypraea arabica cf. immanis Schilder & Schilder, 1939....93mm   Impressive specimen of this form usually from East Africa, with a bit of mild damage to the ends, which the overall impression easily eclipses...Philippines


Cypraea argus Linne, 1758...67 - 73mm   5 striking variations...Philippines.

Cypraea argus contrastriata Perry, 1811..68mm   Pattern disintegration on one side: "reverse Cheshire Cat" phenom - the eyes go first!...Zanzibar.

Cypraea argus contrastriata Perry, 1811..64.5mm   Big, empty eyes..Zanzibar.

Cypraea argus cf contrastriata Perry, 1811)..58.5mm   I know this form isn't supposed to get anywhere near the Marshall Islands, but what else would you call this??  Marshall Is.

Cypraea argus Linne, 1758...66.5 &65mm. HIGH-contrast pair: Loverly..Philippines


Cypraea armeniaca westralis Raybaudi, 1980....78mm. Delightful pattern, glorious peach-pink base. Exquisite & rare!...Australia

Cypraea armeniaca Verco, 1912....92mm  Fat & heavy, with tan freckled dorsum & beautiful apricot tinted base...Australia

Cypraea armeniaca Verco, 1912 ....91mm. With extended tips & heavy pastel base...Australia

Cypraea armeniaca Verco, 1912...90 mm  Good, big specimen with nice basal blush and good, solid weight, but with a very slightly immature dorsal pattern...Australia


Cypraea artuffeli Jousseaume, 1876....14mm. Gem.  Teeny tan banded scarcity...Korea


Cypraea augustata albata Beddome, 1878....22mm...Unusual & uncommon...Australia

Cypraea angustata Gmelin, 1791...23 to 25mm Plump flesh-toned beauties  (sounds almost erotic!)...Australia

Cypraea augustata albata Beddome, 1878....22mm  Unusual & uncommon pure white cowrie...Australia

Cypraea angustata Gmelin, 1791...25mm DARK!! Black coffee brown with black marginal spots...Australia


Cypraea asellus Linne, 1758...24, 23.8mm...Zanzibar


Cypraea aurantium Gmelin, 1791...98mm Big and rich orange: . .Philippines.

Cypraea aurantium Gmelin, 1791...95.6mm Gorgeous dark orange, slightly elongate, with better banding than usual: a great specimen!..Philipppines

Cypraea aurantium Gmelin, 1791....84, 85mm  With nice, clean dorsums & well developed teeth & base...Philippines

Cypraea aurantium Gmelin, 1791....96mm  Heavy, deep orange & magnificent! Top grade specimen of this true collectors' item...Philippines

Cypraea aurantium Gmelin, 1791....89mm  Fresh beauty with unblemished dorsum and basal callus extending nicely onto the sides...Philippines

Cypraea aurantium Gmelin, 1791...93.5mm Good, dark specimen, with a good price...Philippines

Cypraea aurantium Gmelin, 1791....104mm...Huge, gorgeous, unblemished & fully mature. One of the nicest in a while...Philippines


Cypraea beckii Gaskoin, 1836...8mm Attractively tan with brown specks & teeth..Solomon Is.

Cypraea beckii Gaskoin, 1836....12 to 14mm. These ones becken the unwary collector....Fawn backs speckled with white & with brown spots & labral teeth...Philippines

Cypraea becki Gaskoin, 1836....13.5mm  Light tan with brown lateral spots & teeth...Philippines


Cypraea bistronotata Schilder & Schilder, 1938....15 to 18mm  Not mediocre at all!! Straw coloured body with tan spots & lightly pustulose sides...Solomon Islands

Cypraea bistronotata Schilder & Schilder, 1937...23mm  Monster specimen! Fat & shiny...Philippines

Cypraea bistronotata Schilder & Schilder, 1937....21 & 22 mm  Pair of big examples, one yellowish with brown markings, the other a solid orange...Philippines

Cypraea bistronotata fm. mediocris Schilder & Schilder, 1938....15 to 16mm  Paler than the nominate form, nearly cream with orange-tan spots...Solomons


Cypraea boivinii Kiener, 1843...32mm.  Huge example of this pretty but common species...Philippines

Cypraea boivini Kiener, 1843....27 to 30 mm  Good, big, 4 piece set showing variability of spot density & sulcus line strength...Philippines


Cypraea broderipii Sowerby, 1832...80mm  This is a once-in-a-lifetime specimen Heavy, with pastel orange base, distinct dorsal pattern of tan reticulation over rosy pink...Natal


Cypraea capensis Gray, 1828....28 to 29mm  Excellent fresh dead examples, finely ridged and with brown dorsal blotch...South Africa

Cypraea capensis Gray, 1828....27.8mm  Brown dorsal blotch forms letter "a"...South Africa

Cypraea capensis gonubiensis Massier, 1993....27 to 28mm  Fine examples  with textured & brown spotted dorsum but said to be crabbed...South Africa


Cypraea capricornica Lorenz, 1988...61mm...Australia

Cypraea capricornica Lorenz, 1988...61mm.  Very pastel, very nice!  Australia


Cypraea caputserpensis Linne, 1758 ...22.5mm   Smiley-Face BOTTOM!  An extreme example of this happy form...Indonesia.

Cypraea caputserpensis Linne, 1758 ...40mm   Giant snake - head..Indonesia.

Cypraea caputserpentis Linne, 1758....20mm Freaky dwarf specimen with dorsal hump a la miniature mauritiana...Philippines

Cypraea caputserpentsis Linne, 1758..37 & 35mm  Lovely large pair: different patterns, and one has a sulcus while the other doesn't....Indonesia

Cypraea caputserpentsis Linne, 1758 ... 34mm  Good Injury Freak - Dent in one side, and missing three teeth  (wonder if it ever played soccer  (hockey? rugby....?) Madagascar

Cypraea caputserpentsis Linne, 1758...32mm  FREAK! Has a genuine "fold" in its base  (a crease in its bottom?? shades of Plumbers' Butt!)...Indonesia

Cypraea caputserpentis caputophidi Schilder, 1927....22 to 25mm  Cute little guys with different shape & spot pattern than the nominate form...Hawaii


Cypraea carneola Linne, 1758...63mm...Solomons.

Cypraea carneola crassa Gmelin, 1791...36mm Orange tan with distinct lighter bands.  Nice purple teeth (they must eat blueberry pie!)...Egypt.

Cypraea carneola propinqua Garrett, 1879 ...22 - 23mm...Zanzibar

Cypraea carneola Linne, 1758....46 mm  Large, super dark brown banded specimen with vivid, deep purple teeth (too much blueberry pie?)...Djibouti

Cypraea carneola Linne, 1758....57 & 61mm  Nice big colour pair, one banded in deep rosy pink, the other pastel orange & slightly ridged...Philippines

Cypraea carneola propinqua Gerret, 1879....23, 30 & 34mm 3 piece growth series (not really a growth series as they are all fully adult), smaller & darker coloured than the nominate form...Philippines


Cypraea castanea latebrosa Swarts & Liltved, 2000 33mm  Has a delightful pink flush to it - VERY nice specimen of this modern-day rarity....South Africa

Cypraea castanea latebrosa Swarts & Liltved, 2000 33mm. gem- (a casual glance would call it Gem). Big! Has a delightful pink flush to it - VERY exeptional specimen of this modern-day rarity......South Africa


Cypraea caurica elongata Perry, 1811...20.5mm...Madagascar.

Cypraea caurica niger Linne,1758 ...38mm...New Caledonia.

Cypraea caurica samoensis Lorenz, 2000...36 to 39mm. Recently described endemic form of this widespread species, with callus base & reduced spotting...Samoa

Cypraea caurica Linne, 1758....49 mm  Smashinglysuper-dark sucker...Djibouti

Cypraea caurica  Linne, 1758...45 - 48mm  4 piece set of big ones!...Solomons

Cypraea caurica fm. elongata Perry, 1811....46 to 48mm  Big, EXTREME contrast-pairs: one with no banding at all, one with excellent, sharp bands...Zanzibar

Cypraea caurica elongata Perry, 1811....56.0mm FABULOUSLY GIGANTIC - Possible
bigger than the 1999 rendition, at least!...Tanzania


Cypraea catholicorum Schilder & Schilder, 1938...13mm...Golden dorsum with pure white spots & base...Solomon Islands

Cypraea catholicorum Schilderr & Schilder, 1938....14mm  Finely spotted specimen of this scarce cyp...Solomon Islands


Cypraea cernica viridicolor Cate, 1962....18mm  With heavy & well developed snow white base...Australia

Cypraea cernica viridicolor Cate, 1962....20mm  Greenish-tan tinted dorsum & with distinct marginal pitting...West Australia...$30  (1 available)

Cypraea cernica viridicolor Cate, 1962....23mm Large (for species) with heavy, broadly calloused base & greenish-tan tinted dorsum...West Australia

Cypraeacernica viridicolor Cate, 1962...24mm  Very different greenish-gray dorsum - splendid pair of this uncommon form!...Australia


Cypraea cervinetta Kiener, 1843....85mm...Magnificent, super dark specimen...Panama

Cypraea cervinetta Kiener, 1843...59mm...Fully mature, well spotted, calloused apex, & brown teeth...Nicaragua

Cypraea cervinetta Kiener, 1843....50 to 56mm...Well spotted, fully formed adult examples...Costa Rica

Cypraea cervinetta Kiener, 1843....61 to 71mm  Unusual 4 piece set shows development from first teeth to full maturity...Peru

Cypraea cervinetta Kiener, 1843...Peru


Cypraea cervus Linne, 1758...111mm  Brown spotted beauty..Florida.

Cypraea cervus Linne, 1758...80.5mm  A fine specimen.Florida.

Cypraea cervus Linne, 1758....62mm...Absolutely amazing...Florida

Cypraea cervus Linne, 1758....62mm Absolutely amazing, totally adult dwarf specimen...Florida

Cypraea cervus Linne, 1758....107mm  Unusual dorsal pattern, partly juvenile banded & with blurred spotting...Florida

Cypraea cervus Linne, 1758....83 to 85mm  Neat 3 piece set showing a nice variety of dorsal spotting patterns...Florida

Cypraea cervus Linne, 1758...89.5mm  Very nice...Florida

Cypraea cervus Linne, 1758...119mm Superior quality for this species!.  Big, fully mature, with lovely spotting & well produced tips. Not often this nice...Florida


Cypraea childreni Gray, 1825....17 to 19mm  Won't somebody PLEASE think of the chilreni??? Very fresh dead, though they look live taken, with decent gloss & fine dorsal ribbing...Saipan

Cypraea childreni Gray, 1825....25.3mm  Huge kiddie, hard to tell it's not live taken, & with complete data...Saipan


Cypraea chinensis L, 1758....33.5mm ...Margins deep purple ---...Indonesia.

Cypraea chinensis Gmelin, 1791....44mm...Nice large typical specimen...Philippines

Cypraea chinensis Gmelin, 1791..37.5mm. FREAK! Has none of the usual reticulate patterning on the dorsum - just some little specks, and a distinct central band!  Super-uncommon form...Borneo

Cypraea chinensis amiges Melvin & Standen, 1915 (the smaller one in the picture)..28mm ...E. Indonesia.

Cypraea chinensis fm. variolaria Lamarck, 1810....41mm. F++.  Bigexample of this East African form with orange teeth & purple lateral spots...Tanzania

Cypraea chinensis fm. violacea Rous, 1905...36mm. Very contrasting pair, showing off the form well...Zanzibar

Cypraea chinensis Gmelin, 1791....48mm ...Philippines

Cypraea chinensis violacea Rous, 1905....44.8mm  with rich purple base & marginal
spots...Tanzania

Cypraea chinensis violacea Rous, 1905....42mm  Big! with pastel orange base & super dark purple spots. As nice as we've seen for this form...Tanzania


Cypraea cicercula Linne, 1758....17mm...Pustulose & globose, with good, long rostrum...Zanzibar

Cypraea cicercula Linne, 1758....19 & 21 mm  Interesting extreme colour pair, one typically orange with brown spots & one pale straw colour...Philippines


Cypraea cinerea Gmelin, 1791..18-27mm .SPLENDID variation sets of 6 (six). ...Florida.

Cypraea cinerea brasiliensis Lorenz & Hubert, 1993....28 to 30mm...Brazil

Cypraea cinerea Gmelin, 1791....35mm  Huge for the species, with "ash flecks" over the whole dorsum...Guadeloupe

Cypraea cinerea Gmelin, 1791.. 33mm Very large, Light Orange beastie - with KILLER labral spotting!! A very unusual specimen...Caribbean

Cypraea cinerea Gmelin, 1791....28mm Pastel tan with black ash markings at the periphery...Curacao

Cypraea cinerea brasiliensis Lorenz & Hubert, 1993....27mm  Big for form, with "ash" spots spreading over entire dorsum...Brazil

Cypraea cinerea brasiliensis Lorenz & Hubert, 1993....28 to 30mm Jumbo specimens of this recently described herbal-sounding form with minimal lateral "ash" markings...Brazil


Cypraea citrina Gray, 1825...23mm.  This one is NOT a lemon! Lovely specimen...Mozambiques


Cypraea clandestina monillaria Lamarck, 1810...14 to 18mm....Pairs, one with fine golden zig-zag lines, the other darker & without lines...Okinawa


Cypraea comptoni mayi  Beddome, 1898...22 to 23mm  COLOR!! Pastel orange-pink dorsum & dark spotted margins. Best coloured examples we've seen...South Australia

Cypraea comptoni casta Schilders & Summers, 1963....21 to 23mm...Rare & unusual...Australia


Cypraea contaminata Sowerby, 1832...11, 14mm. PAIR: one purple dorsum, the other blue...Philippines


Cypraea coronata Schilder, 1930 ..28.5mm..Half the shell is normal, with a strong pattern, while the other half is almost blank!....S. Africa

Cypraea coronata gabrielli Lorenz & Hubert, 1993....29mm  Fully developed, mature base & pimpled margin on this rarity...South Africa


Cypraea coxeni Cox, 1873...20mm  Chestnut spotted with white base & sides...Papua Guinea


Cypraea cribraria Linne, 1758...31 to 33mm...Philippines

Cypraea cribraria Linne, 1758....19 to 20mm  4 piece sets show variability of spot patterns...Philippines

Cypraea cribraria Linne, 1758....30mm  Excellent "pre-melanistic" specimen: darker than usual....Philippines

Cypraea cribraria Linne, 1758...23 to 25mm  3 patterns on this nice little set of 3...Philippines

Cypraea cribraria fm. comma Perry, 1811....14 to 23mm  Fabulous 5 piece size variation set, all fully adult...Djibouti

Cypraea cribraria comma Perry, 1811...31.5mm  Delightful!!! SUPER-LARGE for species, with big, distinct spots...Zanzibar

Cypraea cribraria comm a Perry, 1811..13mm Light color, many spots (none on margin).Kenya.

Cypraea cribraria melwardi Iredale, 1930..20mm   ABSOLUTELY no pattern. Australia.

Cypraea cribraria melwardi Iredale, 1930....19mm  Delighful snowy white
form...Australia

Cypraea cribraria zadela Iredale, 1939...32.5mm Fat, saucy, fabulous...Kwajelan.

Cypraea cribraria zadela Iredale, 1939...34.2mm...TALL,  Dark, and VERY handsome! Crisp, size-large spots on a dark background: splendid...Indonesia

Cypraea cribraria zadela Iredale, 1939...37.5mm  May be fresh dead, but has fantastic data - definitely found "in situ". BOLD, beautiful pattern, and o yes,  Imm. ENSE!...Taiwan


Cypraea coloba greegori Gmelin, 1791...23.8mm   Come, Greegori - stop cloning around and buy this thing. ... Thailand.


Cypraea comptoni mayi  Beddome, 1898...22 to 23mm  COLOR!! Pastel orange-pink dorsum & dark spotted margins. Best coloured examples we've seen...South Australia


Cypraea cummingii Sowerby, 1832...10.5mm . Beautiful. Tahiti.


Cypraea cylindrica Born, 1778....23mm  Mildly melanistic & slightly rostrate... New Caledonia


Cypraea decipiens Smith, 1880....58mm  Glorious example, with super dark base & distinct dorsal pattern...Australia


Cypraea declivis Gray, 1824....24mm...Australia

Cypraea declivis Gray, 1824....24 to 25mm  Size large!!  Pastel creamy orange with fine lateral spots. Nice plump specimens...South Australia


Cypraea depressa Gray, 1824...44mm BIG GUY! The classic...Zanaibar.

Cypraea depressa Gray, 1824...38, 37mm   Pair: big and little dorsal spots..Philippines.

Cypraea depressa Gray, 1824...38mm ..Early-stage Melanistic...Phillipines.

Cypraea depressa Gray, 1824.36mm   Melanistic swath across center of shell...Kwajelein.

Cypraea depressa Gray, 1824...42mm  Thick & well spotted margins...Polynesia

Cypraea depressa Gray, 1824...41mm  Large, dark-banded specimen: tops!...Cocos Islands

Cypraea cf depressa Gray, 1824....38 mm  Unusual example with very dark, possibly melanistic dorsum & odd anterior end due to healed injury...Indo-Pacific


Cypraea decipiens Smith, 1880...51mm   Rich brown & hump-backed..Australia.

Cypraea decipiens Smith, 1880....58mm. F++.  Glorious example, with super dark base & distinct dorsal pattern...Australia

Cypraea decipiens Smith, 1880...51mm This is a wonderful specimen:...W Australia.


Cypraea diluculum Reeve, 1845 ...27mm  FREAK with a big mouth ( a mollusc politician??) Zanzibar.

Cypraea diluculum Reeve, 1845...23 - 27mm Nice high contrast pattern pairs..Zanzibar

Cypraea diluculum diluculum Reeve, 1845...32.2mm Bigest i've ever seen!!...Zanzibar

Cypraea diluculum diluculum Reeve, 1845..27.5 to 31mm Superb six-pack set of this attractive species - on the large size...Zanzibar


Cypraea donmoorei Petuch, 1979...49mm .  One prominant "horn". Columbia.


Cypraea eburnea Barnes,  1824..36.5mm . The perfect Christmas shell!.Solomon Islands.

Cypraea eburnea Barnes, 1824...31 to 32mm. Gem-.  Scarce, pure white & with coarse teeth...Papua New Guinea


Cypraea edentula Gray, 1825...23.5mm   Not a TRACE of a pattern....S. Africa.

Cypraea edentula Gray, 1825...23mm .VERY fresh-dead,  good gloss, EXCELLENT Pattern!.S. Africa


Cypraea eglantina Duclos, 1833...48.5mm FREAK, of the squashed, distorted kind..Philippines.

Cypraea eglantina Duclos, 1833....55mm heavily melanistic & strongly rostrate. Rare like this!...New Caledonia

Cypraea eglantina griseofformis Duclos, 1833 ...69mm  (not bad, really!)..GLOBOSE!..also is a lighter, different shade of green than usual - an interesting shell....Indonesia

Cypraea eglantina fm. griseoformis Duclos....77.0mm...Certainly the largest I've heard of!!...Philippines

Cypraea eglantina griseofformis Duclos, 1833 ...63mm...Green overglaze on dorsum only. Fine-grained pattern...Vietnam

Cypraea eglantina griseofformis Duclos, 1833 .72mm   JOLLY GREEN GIANT.. .Philippines.

Cypraea eglantina griseofformis Duclos, 1833...75mm Completely Green - a splendid "showcase" example....Philippines.

Cypraea eglantina griseofformis Duclos..61-67mm   Excellent series of 4 grey-green overglaze specimens, exploring this form well! ...Phillipines.

Cypraea eglantina grieseofformis Duclos, 1833..53mm  EXTREME example - totally absolutely overcasted..Indonesia

Cypraea eglantina "niger" Duclos, 1833...41.5mm 70% niger - a beautiful specimen...New Caledonia


Cypraea erosa Linne,1758...27.5mm Quite pleasant pattern, and Elongate. Indonesia.

Cypraea erosa similis Gmelin, 1791..28mm...Elongate injury-freak.  Base is twisted also...Indonesia.

Cypraea erosa Linne, 1758....36mm...Huge example, so heavily callused it is even slightly rostrate...Philippines...

Cypraea erosa, Linne, 1758....37mm  YELLOW! No pattern, very glossy. An unusual, interesting specimen..Zanzibar

Cypraea erosa fm. chlorizans Melvill, 1888....30mm   With greenish tinted dorsum, hence the name...Solomon Islands

Cypraea erosa cf. similis Gmelin, 1791....27 to 33mm  With brown lined base & bold lateral spots...Djibouti


Cypraea errones Linne, 1758....23 & 35mm...Niger/rostrate pair. One niger, the other, rostrate...Australia

Cypraea errones Linne, 1758...27mm  "Toasted" and elongate - the next best thing to niger and rostrate!!...Australia


Cypraea erythraeensis Sowerby, 1837...15mm...Tiny but QUITE lovely!...Ethiopia


Cypraea esontropia Duclos, 1833  (the top 2)..20mm. F+ - fresh dead.  Bizarre pair, with vanishing pattern!!!...Transkei, South Africa

Cypraea esontropia Duclos, 1833  (the top 2)..20mm  fresh dead.  Bizarre pair, with vanishing pattern!!!...Transkei, South Africa


Cypraea exusta Sowerby, 1832....55 mm  Dark specimens with black base with extra fine teeth. Scarce Red Sea species...Djibouti


Cypraea felina Gmelin, 1791...20.5mm Normal cat cowrie....Madagascar

Cypraea felina Gmelin, 1791....14mm FREAK!  Light gray overglaze, giving a granular surface - see also the isabella and the scurra below...Zanzibar

Cypraea felina fabula Kiener, 1843....16, 17mm  Great, dark examples of this Middle Eastern form...Oman


Cypraea fimbriata fm. durbanensis Schilder & Schilder, 1938...15 to 17mm  Gray-tan with broken brown dorsal band & purple tips...Zanzibar


Cypraea friendi Gray, 1831 ...95mm BIG, dark, exeptional...Australia.

Cypraea friendi Gray, 1831 ...85mm Nice specimen: dark color, but with a lighter base: quite attractive!..Australia.

Cypraea friendi Gray, 1831....57mm. Gem-.  Boldly spotted, true dwarf example...Australia

Cypraea friendii vercoi Schilder, 1930...77mm...Australia

Cypraea friendii Gray, 1831....76mm  FABULOUSLY patterned specimen, with nicely rostrate ends & black base...Australia

Cypraea friendi Gray, 1831... 52mm TRUE DWARF... Australia.

Cypraea freindi Gray, 1831...77mm Light color, quite nice!..Australia

Cypraea friendii friendii Gray, 1831...85mm...Wonderfully dark & rostrate! Make a friendii with this shell...Australia

Cypraea friendii fm. thersites Gaskoin, 1849...74mm  Nice plump example with a broad white
base, black margins & very beautiful dorsum...South Australia

Cypraea friendii thersites Gaskoin, 1849...65mm  Better than 95% black dorsum! A magnificent melanistic mama-mia!...South Australia

Cypraea friendii thersites Gaskoin, 1849...70mm  Dorsum 95 black! Make friends with this magnificent melanistic moma...South Australia

Cypraea friendi vercoi Schilder, 1930....88mm  Big, dark & heavy example with solid brown base & spotted dorsum...Australia

Cypraea friendii vercoi Schilder, 1930...77mm Beautiful deep brown pattern, broad dark base...Australia

Cypraea friendii vercoi fm lentiginosa Schilder, 1930...81mm  nicely - one natural repair on one side - not bad.  ID. from supplier. Big, slightly rostrate, with excellent, interesting pattern...Australia


Cypraea fultoni massieri Lorenz, 1791...70mm...The Maltesefultoni.?..Mozambique.

Cypraea fultoni fultoni Sowerby, 1903....68mm...southern Mozambique


Cypraea fuscodentata (Dorsum) sphaerica Raybaudi, 1986...30mm...South Africa

Cypraea fuscodentata (Dorsum) sphaerica Raybaudi, 1986....27mm. sphaerically rotund...South Africa

Cypraea fuscodentata Gray, 1825....37mm. F+ high.  Heavily mature, dark toothed base & big for the species...South Africa...(1 available)

Cypraea fuscodentata sphaerica Raybaudi, 1986  ...30mm....South Africa... (1 available)

Cypraea fuscodentata (Dorsum) sphaerica Raybaudi, 1986 (ventrum)...32mm  Large!! Odd, semi-freak pattern with very wide sulcus and streaks...South Africa


Cypraea fuscorubra Shaw, 1909...33mm. Gem-.  Very inflated - a good specimen with good data.South Africa

Cypraea fuscorubra Shaw, 1909...33, 36mm...South Africa


Cypraea gaskoini Reeve, 1846...23mm Don't blow a gaskoni, but this is nice!...Hawaii.


Cypraea globulus Linne, 1758 (forma ?) 20mm An unusual specimen - you will see!...Philippines.

Cypraea globulus Linne, 1758....20 to 22mm. F++.  WONDERFUL colour pairs, one in chocolate brown, the other in orange tan...Philippines

Cypraea globulus sphaeridium Schilder & Schilder,  1938....21.7mm. Gem. SUPER-GIANT...Australia

Cypraea globulus sphaeridium Schilder & Schilder, 1938...17mm   Globular (of course) light orange with brown lateral spots and ends...New Caledonia.


Cypraea gracilis japonica Schilder, 1931.18.5mm Graceful Japaneese chap...Taiwan


Cypraea granulata Pease, 1862 .. 25.3mm...Hawaii.

Cypraea granulata Pease, 1862...25mm Nicely normal..Hawaii.

Cypraea granulata Pease, 1862...24mm DARK, beautiful specimen...Hawaii.

Cypraea granulata cassiciaui Burgess, 1965..23mm  The real thing!  Marquesas.


Cypraea guttata Gmelin, 1791...62.7mm gem-.  Excellent specimen with distinct dorsal spots and long, rich brown teeth.  Totally classic...Philippines.

Cypraea guttata Gmelin, 1791....66.5mm. Gem.  Big specimen from an old & top quality collection, with bold dorsal spots...Philippines

Cypraea guttata Gmelin 1791...65mm FREAK pattern has "double vision": each large spot has a "ghost" spot beside or overlapping it, of light  brown, on a delightfully dark background.....Philippines.

Cypraea guttata Gmelin 1791...56mm All - round exeptional...Philippines.

Cypraea guttata Gmelin, 1791...60mm   Gorgeous specimen of a glorious classic..Philippines.

Cypraea guttata azumai Schilder, 1960....53 mm  Great example of this differently spotted form with complete adult features...Japan

Cypraea guttata surinensis. Raybaudi, 1978.(base)..41m. Superb base (dorsum is darker than scan indicates, by the way!)  Larger spots than usual - a transition to the normal form. .. Andaman Island.

Cypraea guttata surinensis Raybaudi, 1978....55.5mm......Thailand

Cypraea guttata surinensis Raybaudi, 1978....63.8mm... SUPERGIANT!!! Near-record size...Thailand

Cypraea guttata surinensis Raybaudi, 1978....56mm...Thailand

Cypraea guttata surinensis Raybaudi, 1978....53mm...Glorious guttata form!...Thailand


Cypraea hammondae Iredale, 1939....12mm  Cream to tan with brown spotted tips & dorsal band...Australia


Cypraea helvola L, 1758...19mm...Pattern looks just like hawaiiensis Melvill, 1888 - thousands of miles away...Zanzibar

Cypraea helvola hawaiiensis Melvill, 1888...25mm. Extreme example of this form - like Van Gogh's famous "starry night"!!....Hawaii


Cypraea hesitata Iredale, 1916.99mm...Very well developed specimen...Australia

Cypraea hesitata Iredale, 1916....90 & 94mm  Glorious extreme display pair! One nearly white & the other heavily freckled in brown...Australia

Cypraea hesitata Iredale, 1916...104.5mm...HUGE, with nicely "toasted" dorsum: the dark form of the species...Australia

Cypraea hesitata hesitata Iredale, 1916 (the bigger one).. 95mm  Particularly dark brown dorsal spotting - a very good specimen...Australia

Cypraea hesitata Iredale, 1916..91mm...Quite nice. Slightly juvenile - an "older teenager", with attractive margins...Austalia.

Cypraea hesitata Iredale, 1916..91mm A very mature, normal specimen...Australia.

Cypraea hesitata fm. beddomei Schilder, 1930...70mm. Tan clouds, brown spots & sunken apex...Australia

Cypraea hesitata beddonei Schilder, 1930...66mm Excellent...Australia.

Cypraea hesitata beddonei Schilder, 1930..70mm LARGE, dark-backed example of this uncomm on form..Australia.

Cypraea hesitata f. howelli Iredale, 1931...88mm   Pure, snowy white inside & out...Australia


Cypraea hirasei Roberts, 1913....42mm...Prime specimen of this collectors' item...Philippines


Cypraea hirundo Linne, 1758...17mm...White with purple-gray to tan bands..Australia

Cypraea hirundo rouxi Ancey, 1882....11, 13mm  Form with minimal dorsal spotting...New Caledonia


Cypraea histrio Gmelin, 1791...71mm  Big, elongated specimen with light, unusual pattern...India.

Cypraea histrio Gmelin, 1791...64mm Freak pattern:  sulcus extended, and a lot of interesting things going on in the pattern...Madagascar.

Cypraea histrio Gmelin, 1791...52 - 56mm Beautiful set of 4 patterns  Madagascar

Cypraea histrio Gmelin, 1791...56mm FREAK. Pattern is Truly Strange, with a fine network of ghostly lines...unique  Madagascar.

Cypraea histrio Gmelin, 1791...52 & 52mm   Excellent pair: light and dark, both with extra pigmentation in the pattern.  Madagascar.

Cypraea histrio Gmelin 1791...62.5mm Gem.  Dark, brooding,  complicated pattern ...Madagascar

Cypraea histrio westralis Iredale, 1935...72mm .Western Australia.

Cypraea histrio fm. westralis Iredale, 1935...73mm  Huge example of this fish-netted form from a rare locality...Zanzibar


Cypraea humphreysi Gray, 1825....14 to 15mm...SUPERB 4-set of this beautiful little critter!!...Solomons

Cypraea humprysi Gray, 1825..14 & 12mm Gem. Excellent light and dark pair...Tonga

Cypraea humphreysi Gray, 1825....17 mm Exeptional large specimen from an attractive
population...Solomons


Cypraea hungerfordi Sowerby, 1888....44.1mm...South China Sea

Cypraea hungerfordi Sowerby, 1888....42mm...South China Sea

Cypraea hungerfordi Sowerby, 1888....32 to 35mm  Good specimens of this uncommon cowrie...South China Sea

Cypraea hungerfordi Sowerby, 1888...36mm The pure Japanese form: nice!!...Japan

Cypraea hungerfordi Sowerby, 1888...30mm  Lovely example of the Japanese form of this pretty species....Japan

Cypraea hungerfordi Sowerby, 1888....37mm Extreme pair, one distinctly banded...Taiwan

Cypraea hungerfordi Sowerby, 1888....39.5mm  Gorgeous big specimen with orange base & margins...Taiwan


Cypraea histrio Gmelin, 1791...53mm Excellent pattern. Madagascar.

Cypraea histrio Gmelin, 1791...55mm Exeptionally dark - a striking guy.  Madagascar


Cypraea isabella Linne, 1758 ...28mm  FREAK!  Has a mustardy overcast - like the ones from Zanzibar i can't seem to sell (only cheaper...)...Indonesia

Cypraea isabella Linne, 1758 (the yellow one in the scan)..26mm. FREAKY - beautiful "golden" color!..Zanzibar.

Cypraea isabella Linne, 1758 38mm F+ high.  Good injury freak...Indonesia

Cypraea isabella Linne, 1758 ...21.5mm Completely overcasted with an opaque,  mustard-green glaze: unique ...Zanzibar

Cypraea isabellamexicana Stearns, 1893...25.5mm Good, normal example..Costa Rica

Cypraea isabella fm. rumphii Schilder & Schilder, 1938....34 mm FREAK!! Highly inflated form of this species, this specimen has almost zero pattern: quite uncommon!!...Philippines


Cypraea katsuae Kuroda, 1950....19mm...Slightly pitted, though an otherwise clean & glossy example of this rare species...Philippines


Cypraea kieneri Hidalgo, 1906....19 to 21mm...LARGE, decent specimens...Zanzibar

Cypraea kieneri Hidalgo, 1906....21.5mm   GIANT!...Zanzibar

Cypraea kieneri Hidalgo, 1906...21.5 to 17mm  Very high-contrasting set of 4 specimens with one extra...Mauritius


Cypraea labrolineata Gaskoin, 1849....17 to 19mm...NICE!! Rich chestnut brown with fine tan spots, these are considerably darker than average...Philippines


Cypraea lamarki Gray (x miliaris Gmelin???), 1825 ...50 & 46mm WONDROUSLY STRANGE, highly-contrasting pair.. Zanzibar.

Cypraea lamarki Gray, 1825...47 &46mm exeptional contrast pair..Zanzibar

Cypraea lamarki Gray, 1825 ...42 & 43mm...Superbly high-contrast pair...Zanzibar

Cypraea lamarki f. fainzilberi Lorenz & Hubert, 1993...42mm.. densely-spotted margins and beautiful violet teeth...Zanzibar

Cypraea lamarki fm. redimita phuketensis Gray, 1825 ...30mm...Thailand

Cypraea lamarki Gray, 1825 ...46 & 48mm...Huge, very high contrast, unusual colour variation pair! one with greenish dorsum, the other with tan background..Zanzibar

Cypraea lamarki f. fainzilberi Lorenz & Hubert, 1993...42mm  This is the Real McCoy, my friends!! I've been hoping to get one of these for 10 years.  DARK example, with densely-spotted margins and beautiful violet teeth...Zanzibar


Cypraea langfordi Kuroda, 1938....55mm   Spectacular specimen of this scarce & beautiful collectors' item...Philippines

Cypraea langfordi Kuroda, 1938....51mm   Solid & well matured, with rich orange lateral calluses, but with several dings on the dorsum. Great starter!...Philippines


Cypraea leucodon Broderip,  1828...85.5mm..Completely "classic" specimen: this is a GOOD one.  Philippines

Cypraea leucodon Broderip, 1828...74mm  Fabulous specimen, WAY nicer than average...Philippines

Cypraea leucodon Broderip, 1838...88mm  Gorgeous...Philippines


Cypraea limacina facifer Iredale, 1935...30mm  Jumbo specimen - worthwhile!!...Australia

Cypraea limacina Lamark, 1811..28mm GIANT!! They don't come much larger...Philippines

Cypraea limacina interstincta Wood, 1828....21mm  Hybrid??? Has coloration and teeth of limacina interstincta, with partial pustulation, and an incised sulcus like staphlae. Zanzibar


Cypraea leviathin Schilder & Schilder, 1937..59mm   Dark, fresh and saucy..Zanzibar.

Cypraea leviathin boutei Burgess & Arnette, 1981..55mm This was found in a batch of shells from Rotuma Is., which is the northern outpost of Fiji.  It closely resembles the description of the form in Lorenz & Hubert. ..Tahiti


Cypraea listeri Gray, 1824..16mm  This is a tough little species to get..Lacadive Is

Cypraea listeri Gray, 1828...11.5mm Dwarf!!! Great locality..Reunion


Cypraea luchuana Kuroda, 1960...21.5mm   Bigger than any in Rice!...Okinawa

Cypraea luchuana Kuroda, 1960..17 - 18mm  Lovely set of 5 variations


Cypraea lurida pulchroides Alverado & Alverez, 1964...40 to 42mm Deep, dark gray-brown. Much darker than the nominate species...Senegal


Cypraea lynx Linne, 1758...66mm   OVERCASTED: a showpiece....Zanzibar.

Cypraea lynx Linne, 1758..28mm FREAK!  Aperature is a wide cookie-monster grin... .Madagascar

Cypraea lynx Linne, 1758 ...67mm Overcasted biggie....India.

Cypraea lynx Linne, 1758..48mm . Fully-overcasted background, giving a bluish tinge...Laccadive Is.

Cypraea lynx Linne, 1758...40 & 42mm...Extreme pair...Tanzania

Cypraea lynx vanelli Linne, 1758....65mm...Tanzania

Cypraea lynx Linne, 1758...65mm Huge, fresh specimen, with dark spotted back & brown lined teeth...Zanzibar


Cypraea macandrewi Sowerby, 1870...15mm.   Fawn with brown & white spots. Really hard to get these days!!...Israel



Cypraea maculifera Schilder, 1932 ...55 & 61mm...Hawaii.

Cypraea maculifera Schilder,1932....38mm...Indonesia

Cypraea maculifera Schilder,1932 ...68mm  Dark - touch of melanism, with a lovely histrio - like pattern on one side...Hawaii

Cypraea maculifera Schilder,1932..53.5mm MELANISTIC with very dark ventrum  and margins  Also, it is elongate - thinner than normal (not rostrate, however)...Hawaii

Cypraea cf maculifera Schilder,1932 ...52mm  STRANGE! I don't know what to make of this one: - elongate shape, very light margins, - but the dorsum is exeptionally dark, with a clear, simple, depressa-like pattern that will look very good in any collection!.Hawaii


Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758 ..80mm   STRANGE, complex pattern, obscured sulcus,  Basic Pink Base - wild and attractive...Phillipines.

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758....87mm  Wonderfully freaky & unique specimen, the dorsal glaze common to the region has the brown back & white spots that makes one think of C. leucodon at first glance. The marginal pattern & pink base are clearly mappa though...Tanzania

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758...83mm... Totally bizarre sulcus freak! Looks a bit like Runic inscription...Philippines

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758...64 to 67mm  3 piece melanistic set...Philippines

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758...71mm Beautiful red bottom! (a dark pink blush)...Phillipines

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758....78mm...Great example of the typical form with classic sulcus & lightly pink base...Australia

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758....70mm...Philippines

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758...79mm Globose, excellent specimen with GREAT sulcus. ..Philippines.

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758 ...75mm Clear-cut early-stage melanism. Phillipines.

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758 ...71.5mm...New Caladonia.

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758(base)...49mm Elongate, very early stage melanistic,  with a nice purple splotch on the base ..Guam.

Cypraea mappa Linne, 1758 ..75mm...Philippines

Cypraea mappa contraria....67 mm Form ID by supplier.  Good sized, with nice map pattern & bright orange teeth...Thailand

Cypraea mappa contraria....55 to 57 mm  Smaller (semi-dwarf?) specimens with somewhat occluded sulcus "map" pattern & orange teeth...Thailand

Cypraea mappa geographica Sch. & Sch., 1933...82mm   GLOBOSE,with quite atypical...Zanzibar.

Cypraea mappa geographica Sch. & Sch., 1933...81mm   FANTASTIC sulcus.- looks like a moose antler!  Also, has a nice touch of melanisn with patte ring inside the sulcus..Zanzibar.

Cypraea mappa geographica Sch. & Sch., 1933...80mm "Curious" sulcus - twisted by a touch of melanism....Zanzibar.

Cypraea mappa geographica Sch. & Sch., 1933...78mm Typical, nice..Zanzibar.

Cypraea mappa geographica Sch. & Sch., 1933...64mm Light Green Overglaze.  Also, is more globose than usual, and the green makes the margins look QUITE lovely - like another species!...Zanzibar.

Cypraea mappa geographica Sch. & Sch., 1933...68mm Lightly "toasted" - early stage melanistic specimen.  DARK orange teeth, too. (basal image)...Zanzibar.

Cypraea mappa fm. geographica Schilder & Schilder, 1933...77mm...Lateral spots distinguish this form, and this good sized specimen has a pink blush throughout!...Zanzibar

Cypraea mappa rosea Gray, 1824... 74mm MELANISTIC -very large for the form as well - a bit darker than Lorenz and Huber Pl. 109 #10. ..Kenya.

Cypraea mappa rosea Gray, 1824... 74mm MELANISTIC -very large for the form as well - a bit darker than Lorenz and Huber Pl. 109 #10. Kenya.

Cypraea mappa  forma rosea(Base)Gray, 1824... 68mm MELANISTIC and FREAK. The sulcus dissintegrates into chaos on one side (detail) -Most Unusual!  New Caladonia

Cypraea mappa viridus Kenyon, 1902..74.5mm Red overglaze.  Also, has purple spot on base: quite interesting!....New Caladonia.


Cypraea mariae Schilder, 1927...15mm. Gold ringed pale yellow spots. Very fresh dead...Solomon Islands

Cypraea mariae Schilder, 1927...13mm.  Will you mariae a lovely, live taken, orange spotted beauty?...Philippines


Cypraea marginata Dillwyn, 1817...57mm   Nice dark back, good specimen.. Australia

Cypraea margarita Dillwyn, 1817....22 mm  Huge for this small species. Larger than any in Rice...Philippines

Cypraea margarita africana Lorenz & Hubert, 1993...17mm. Lightest colour form of margarita. Nearly white. It's time for a Margarita (ie, the only kind worth having!)...South Africa

Cypraea marginata consueta Biraghi, 1993...65mm  Completely lovely example! Well extended margins & extremities. Splendid pattern...South Australia


Cypraea marginalis Dillwyn, 1827...30.5mm An exeptional specimen...East Africa

Cypraea marginalis cf melocellata Lorenz & Weise, 1990....39mm Pastel orange, evenly freckled with brown. Glossy Subfossil. World record size, i think!!..Tanzania
 


Cypraea mauritiana Linne, 1758...93mm   A good shell ..Zanzibar.

Cypraea mauritiana Linne, 1758 ..90mm FREAK - "degenerate" pattern- wierd! (see Lorenz& Hubert pl. 11 #21.) Zanzibar.

Cypraea mauritiana Linne, 1758 ...73.5mm  WOW VERY dark, unusual pattern.Japan

Cypraea mauritiana Linne, 1758...81mm   Massive Melanistic Momm a. Just a few dorsal light spots...Philippines.

Cypraea mauritiana Linne, 1758...102mm. F++.  Monstrous, massive, mauritiana maxima !!...Zanzibar

Cypraea mauritiana Linne, 1758....90mm...Magnificent monster melanistic mauritiana, with typically patterned bonus specimen for comparison...Hawaii

Cypraea mauritiana Linne, 1758....56.5mm...Fresh, dark, dwarf specimen...Philippines

Cypraea mauritiana Linne, 1758...61mm Partly melanistic, Really unusual pattern...Phillipines.

Cypraea mauritiana Linne 1758...90, 93mm  BIG, dark heavy specimen...Hawaii

Cypraea mauritiana monstruosa (?)....75 to 90 mm  Generously dubbed "monstruosa" by our supplier. Has grayish marginal clouding & melanistic obscurration of the dorsal spots...Thailand


Cypraea microdon chrysalis Kiener, 1843...12.8mm...Very large for the form....Israel


Cypraea moneta icterina Lamark,1810 ..36.7mm GIANT Extreme of the form. India

Cypraea moneta fm. icterina Lamarck, 1810...36 & 37mm...GIANT MONEY! 2 shades of yellow with darker dorsal bands, without an orange ring on either of the pair...Zanziba

Cypraea moneta Linne, 1758...34.3 & 36.5mm F++ to Gem.  High-contrast giant pair!.. India

Cypraea moneta Linne, 1758...35.5mm  Glorious "BIG money" specimens!...Zanzibar


Cypraea mus Linne, 1758...38mm Very wide sulcus - quite attractive..Venezuela

Cypraea mus Linne, 1758...37mm Heavy with great two-tone pattern...Venezuela

Cypraea mus Linne, 1758....34mm Fascinating stunted or juvenile specimen, mostly toothed but with a virtually unrecognizable spotted dorsal pattern, and globose. Looks like something out of South Africa!!...Venezuela

Cypraea mus donmoorei Petuch, 1979....62mm...MONSTER-sized, slim & trim (elongate), attractive specimen - a real honker!!...Venezuela

Cypraea mus donmoorei bicornis Sowerby, 1870....42mm...this dark & heavy dwarf form example...Venezuela

Cypraea mus donmoorei Petuch,1979- forma "unicornalis"....52mm. Gem-...this is the Don of the Mooreis for certain!!!...Venezuela

Cypraea mus mus Linne, 1758....35mm. F+ high.  Fully adult, very rare for this locality...Aruba

Cypraea mus mus Linne, 1758....44mm  Not mousy at all!!! Wonderfully dark dorsum with very distinct sulcus line: a winner!....Venezuela

Cypraea mus mus Linne, 1758....55mm  Large & heavy, with dark dorsal spotting and excellent base - a "mus" have ....Venezuela


Cypraea nebrites Melvill, 1888....40mm GIGANTIC specimen,  dark & with strong labral teeth & brown lateral spots...Zanzibar


Cypraea nivosa Broderip, 1827...51mm   Fawn brown with white spots and a wide, light-colored sulcus...Thailand.

Cypraea nivosa Broderip, 1827...61mm! GIANT! Lovely specimen for the showcase...Thailand


Cypraea nucleus madagascarensis Gmelin, 1791..27mm. Gem.  GIANT!...Zanzibar


Cypraea obveolata Lamark, 1710...18mm SUPER-strong teeth!  Base looks like a Trivia....French Polynesia.


Cypraea onyx adusta Lamark, 1810..55.3mm ...Zanzibar

Cypraea onyx adusta Lamarck, 1810....33 mm  With black base & coffee brown dorsum. Rare in this locality...Thailand

Cypraea onyx adusta Lamarck, 1810....32 mm  Super dark brown specimen...Thailand

Cypraea onyx adusta Lamarck, 1810....32 mm  Jet black jem of a shell!...Thailand

Cypraea onyx Linne, 1758....35mm...Dark brown base with blue-white onyx markings on the dorsum...Philippines

Cypraea onyx adusta Lamark, 1810..39 & 41mm High-contrast pair, one is rather odd..Zanzibar.

Cypraea onyx adusta Lamarck, 1810...54mm.  Gorgeous dark giant!...Zanzibar

Cypraea onyx succincta Linne, 1758..42 - 44mm  Simply superb set of 5: all unusual in some way, and all very large.  India


Cypraea ovum chrysostoma Schilder, 1927....25 to 27mm... Greenish-brown backs, deep pink base & orange teeth!...Solomon Islands

Cypraea ovum chrysostoma Schilder, 1927..27.5mm MONDO UNUSUAL: Very dark, a gray color:  i've never seen a picture of one similar.  Solomon Is.

Cypraea ovum palauensis Sch. & Sch., 1938...26.5mm Extreme example....Philippines.

Cypraea ovum chrysostoma Schilder, 1927...29mm  The rare dark form, with light orange base...Solomon Islands


Cypraea pallidula rhinoceros Souverbie, 1865....23mm  With thick, white lateral calluses...New Caledonia


Cypraea pantherina Lightfoot, 1786...69mm Very light background, with dark spots - a distinct, very pretty form!. Djibouti

Cypraea pantherina Solander in Lightfoot, J., 1786...63.3mm Darkly melanistic!! - well advanced. Has an odd irregularity on the dorsum, to add further interest.....Ethiopia  (Red Sea)

Cypraea pantherina Lightfoot, 1786 ...68.5mm   About 40% melanistic-well on its way...Ethiopia.

Cypraea pantherina Lightfoot, 1786 ...66mm   Nicely-normal...Ethiopia.

Cypraea pantherina Lightfoot, 1786 ...63mm "Toasted" specimens- delightful early-melanistic critters..Saudi  Arabia .

Cypraea pantherina Solander, 1786....66mm...Nicely toasted cat - semi-melanistic. Solid & heavy...Red Sea

Cypraea pantherina Lightfoot, 1786....75mm...BIG kitty-cowrie!! Covered in fine purple-brown spots. Scarce & from limited locality...Red Sea

Cypraea pantherina Lightfoot, 1786...63mm   50% or so melanistic - quite burnt!. Ethiopia.

Cypraea pantherina Lightfoot, 1786 .55.5mm   Religious cowrie -pattern is "holey"..Red Sea

Cypraea pantherina Lightfoot, 1786...58 & 64mm  HIGH-contrast pair: one very light with variously-sized spots, and one dark with regularly-sized spots: nice!...Red Sea

Cypraea pantherina fm. funebralis Sullioti, 1924...80 mm  Monstrous specimen of the uncommon dark form from a "difficult" locality...Ethiopia


Cypraea petitiana Crosse, 1872...23 & 23.5mm   FANTASTIC pair..Guinea Bassau

Cypraea petitiana Crosse, 1872....29 mm  Excellent example, with brown mottled perfect dorsum & pastel orange base & teeth...Senegal


Cypraea picta Gray, 1825...23mm . Cape Verde Islands

Cypraea picta Gray, 1825...25 to 26mm  Larger examples, darkly mottled & spotted...Cape Verde Islands

Cypraea picta Gray, 1825...23 to 26mm  Big!! Lots of colours & pattern! Looks painted  (hence the name)...Cape Verde Islands


Cypraea piperita Gray, 1843...23.8mm...little piper - about as big as they get..SW Australia

Cypraea piperita Gray, 1845....21mm  Pretty species with tan dorsal bands & brown marginal spots...Australia


Cypraea pulchella Swainson, 1823 ...41.5mm... a good one.. Taiwan.

Cypraea pulchella Swainson, 1823....42mm...prime specimen with strong brown teeth & dark dorsal blotch...Taiwan

Cypraea pulchra Gray, 1824..37.5mm   Is this one lovely?. Oman

Cypraea pulchella Swainson, 1823....37 to 40 mm  Well matured examples with long brown basal teeth...Thailand

Cypraea cf pulchella Swainson, 1823..30mm   Unusual guy - dentition is fine, background is a light gray, with no trace of background pattern. .India...

Cypraea pulchella pericalles Melvil and Standen, 1904...36mm AWESOME pair: totally opposite rare patterns:  almost no background pattern & other with far more than  usual...India.

Cypraea pulchella pericalles Melvil and Standen, 1904.37 & 36.5mm HIGH-contrast pair: India.

Cypraea pulchella pericalles Melvil and Standen, 1904...34.5mm GREAT pattern ..Taiwan

Cypraea pulchella pericalles Melvil and Standen, 1904...30, 31 & 34mm gem-  good set of three..India

Cypraea pulchella Swainson, 1823....40 to 43mm  Delightful specimens, with brown tips & basal
teeth

Cypraea pulchella pericalles Melvil and Standen, 1904.. 35mm  good size, and it has an interesting pattern change on it...India


Cypraea pulicaria Reeve, 1846....17mm  Lovely pastel orange with thin brown bands & fine marginal specks...Australia


Cypraea punctata berninii Dautzenberg, 1906... 16 - 17mm  Another charming trio!...Zanzibar


Cypraea pyrum angolensis Odhner, 1923....30mm...Angola

Cypraea pyrum fm. petitiana Crosse, 1872...32 to 33mm  Contrasting pair of a delightful form...Senegal

Cypraea pyrum petitiana Crosse, 1872...23 - 25mm  SURPRISING set of 5 - Guinea Bassau

Cypraea pyrum fm. senegalensis Schilder, 1928...25mm  Great, fresh example of this dark form...Senegal


Cypraea reevei Sowerby, 1832...30mm Very fine, delicate pattern: superior!..S.Australia

Cypraea reevei Sowerby, 1832...36mm  (beach).  Can hardly tell its beached! Fat & tan with 4 darker bands, still an acceptable shell...South Australia

Cypraea reevei Sowerby, 1832...30mm  Slightly juvenile. Light tan with orange tips...Australia


Cypraea reticulata fm. perdistorta Fulton, 1938....36 mm  Good dark brown example with nicely developed apertural teeth...Philippines


Cypraea robertsi Hidalgo, 1906...28mm.  Blue-green back with brown markings..Panama


Cypraea rosselli Cotton, 1948....53mm. Gem...Humped light tan dorsum shades to rich brown, amazingly flared margins...Australia

Cypraea rosselli Cotton, 1948...59mm  Sensational!! Fantastic dark brown & highly rostrate with a cream dorsal blotch. ...Australia


Cypraea sanguinolenta Gmelin, 1791...22 to 23mm  Fresh, dark blue-gray banded, with a dorsal blotch & lots of purple marginal spots. Pretty!...Senegal

Cypraea sanguinolenta Gmelin, 1791...22 to 23mm  Fresh, dark blue-gray banded, with a dorsal blotch & lots of purple marginal spots. Pretty!...Senegal

Cypraea sanguinolenta Gmelin, 1791...24 to 25mm  About as big as this species gets! Nice, dark spotted margins & orange-pink bases...Senegal


Cypraea staphylaea (var???)Linne, 1758...16 to 17mm  ALMOST BLACK!! I've seen a lot of cowries from this neck of the woods and this is the first time i've ever seen this superb variation....Zanzibar


Cypraea saulae siasiensis Cate, 1960...22mm   Simple, elegant, beautiful..Philippines.

Cypraea saulae Gaskoin, 1843....21 to 24mm...Sweet & saucy saulaes, marginally spotted & dorsally blotched...Philippines...

Cypraea saulae Gaskoin, 1843....23 to 27mm...prime, nicely spotted specimens...Philippines

Cypraea saulae forms Gaskoin, 1843....20 & 28 mm  Neat pair! 2 local forms of this variable & often split species: C. saulae visayensis Massilia, 1978 & C saulae siasiensis Cate, 1960...Philippines

Cypraea saulae fm. visayensis Massilia, 1978....21 to 25 mm  Nice specimens of the typical Philippine form, with big, bold dorsal brown spot...Philippines


Cypraea schilderorum Iredale, 1939...38mm. Gem.  GIANT specimen with heavy brown lateral callus...Hawaii

Cypraea schilderorum Iredale, 1939...29 to 31mm  Banded backs & heavy marginal callous. Say "Aloha" to one of these...Hawaii


Cypraea scurra Gmelin...44.5mm A beautiful, "classic" specimen: well worthwhile...Philippines.

Cypraea scurra Gmelin...44mm   Now THIS is an interesting shell - pattern is not nearly as regular as usual: "semi-degenerate", and it also has a super-wide border..Solomon Is..

Cypraea scurra indica Gmeilin, 1791...43mm   A beautiful BLUE color, with pattern dissintegration at sulcus...Hawaii.

Cypraea scurra indica Gmeilin, 1791..41.5mm   Beauty - rare from the Surf State..Hawaii.

Cypraea scurra indica Gmelin, 1791...40mm Good size typical specimen from Hawaii


Cypraea spadicea Swainson, 1823...52.5mm. Wonderful, big example, with high, dark edged white sides...California

Cypraea spadicea Swainson, 1823....46mm  Laurel & Hardy pair, one globose, the other
elongate...California

Cypraea spadicea Swainson, 1823...50mm  super dark specimen. This looks like the chestnut this species is named for...California


Cypraea spurca Linne, 1758... 34.4mm   Elongate specimen, with very ODD Pattern - Very different on each side!.Color also is unusual...Malta.

Cypraea spurca acicularis Gmelin, 1791...26mm   BIG, with speckled yellow back & wide white base...Florida

Cypraea spurca verdensium Melvill, 1888...23, 24mm...Splendid specimens...Canary Islands

Cypraea spurca verdensium Melvill, 1888...26-27mm Beaut! .C. Verde.

Cypraea spurca verdensium Melvill, 1888...25mm   Good form!..C. Verde

Cypraea spurca verdensium Melvill, 1888..23 &  23.5mm The Perfect Pair: dark & thin vs Fat & light....Cape  Verde Is

Cypraea spurca verdensium Melvill, 1888..21 &  22mm Nice ones!..Cape Verde Is

Cypraea spurca fm. verdensium Melvill, 1888...23mm  Great dark example of this East Atlantic form...Cape Verdes


Cypraea stercoraria Linne, 1758...75mm   Beautifully mottled, with EXEPTIONAL pattern - gotta love this one!...Angola.

Cypraea stercoraria Linne, 1758....85mm...with opaque dorsal clouding a-la-griseoformis...Senegal

Cypraea stercoraria Linne, 1758...72mm   Good size normal, light for species..Ghana.

Cypraea stercoraria Linne, 1758...80mm...Good size, good quality, good pattern...Senegal

Cypraea stercoraria rattus Lamarck, 1810...67mm  Magnificent rat! Heavy like rock & super wide base...Senegal


Cypraea stolida Linne, 1758...37.2mm Giant, interesting example, slightly rostrate with tiny dorsal spot...Philippines

Cypraea stolida crossei Marie, 1869 ...32mm Quite cross, my dear.  Japan.

Cypraea stolida clavicola Lorenz, 1998....31mm With large & small dorsal blotches and four
marginal brown spots. Recently described form...Australia

Cypraea stolida diauges Melvill, 1888...36mm showing the protococh and intitial whorls - neat  Also,  is DARK BLUE.

Cypraea stolida diauges Melvill, 1888...31mm   FREAK - only a few tiny spots, instead of a pattern..Zanzibar.

Cypraea stolida fm. diauges Melvill, 1888...36.5mm   Nearly perfect "bullseye" of brown on blue-gray. Big too!...Zanzibar

Cypraea stolida diauges Melvill, 1888...38mm  To repeat myself.....SUPER- GIANT Just a hair away from the WR size, with superb pattern - a positively prime specimen of the east African form...Zanzibar

Cypraea stolida diauges Melvill, 1888...36.7mm  GINORMOUS!  Fresh, dark specimen with no central spot at all, and great banding: a winner!...Zanzibar

Cypraea stolida rufodentata Biraghi, 1976....21, 22mm  Neat, square blotched typical dorsum, with reddish brown teeth...Thailand


Cypraea sulcidentata Gray,1824...37mm Exeptionally BOLD pattern...Hawaii

Cypraea sulcidentata Gray, 1824...31 to 33mm  Fat, fresh, shiny & heavy...Hawaii


Cypraea stercoraria Linne, 1758...80mm   FREAK - has an honest "wart"... Senegal.

Cypraea stercoraria Linne, 1758...75mm   This is one SERIOUS disease-freak: fresh from the morgue...Senegal

Cypraea stercoraria Linne, 1758...44mm  Fascinating dwarf specimens...Senegal


Cypraea subviridis Reeve, 1855...35mm Really large! several dorsal spots, pale pink tips...Australia


Cypraea sulcidentata Gray,1824...43mm A good, solidly-normal specimen.Hawaii.

Cypraea sulcidentata (dorsum) Gray, 1824 (base)..37mm Hybrid?? Has the dentition of sulcidentata, with the pattern of a schilderorum (i kid you not!)...Hawaii.

Cypraea sulcidentata Gray, 1824...31 to 33mm Fat, fresh, shiny & heavy...Hawaii


Cypraea talpa L, 1758. ...90mm Dorsum exeptionally light - good one!...Philippines.

Cypraea talpa Linne, 1758 ...83mm Light color, muted bands - very peaceful. Philippines.

Cypraea talpa Linne, 1758 ...88mm really. Like, this IS big. Very light dorsum..Zanzibar

Cypraea talpa Linne, 1758...(one on right)..85.5mm  Tall  darkie!...Zanzibar

Cypraea talpa L, 1758.....80mm   Big with 4 rich, dark brown bands.....Phillipines


Cypraea teres pellucens Melvill, 1888...30, 31mm  Blue-gray with broken brown bands.Very rare from...Panama

Cypraea teres pellucens Melvill, 1888...30, 31mm  Blue-gray with broken brown bands.Very rare from.Panama


Cypraea tessellata Swainson, 1822...33mm Gorgeous specimen in shades of brown, orange and pinkish-fawn,.Hawaii.

Cypraea tesselata Swainson, 1822...31.5mm GREAT shell - one side has just one large black stripe, the other side has the normal 2 black squares, and a KILLER pattern...Hawaii.

Cypraea tesselata swainson, 1822....40mm...Huge for species, with orange-tan bands & strong brown lateral & dorsal spots...Hawaii

Cypraea tessellata Swainson, 1822 ...27.5mm .. Rare, golden "Haw" form..Hawaii

Cypraea tesselata Swainson, 1822...31mm  Chunky! Wide white & tan banded base with brown dorsal spots...Hawaii


Cypraea testudinaria Linne, 1758 ...112mm   Philippines.

Cypraea testudinaria Linne, 1758....126mm...Fantastic! Big, shiny, well marked & with the typical "salted" look...Zanzibar

Cypraea testudinaria Linne, 1758....107mm...Highly unusual, - fully adult form and weight,
with completely juvenile pattern...Tanzania

Cypraea testudinaria Linne, 1758...127mm...Jumbo, beautiful, typically patterned & nicely "salted"...Zanzibar

Cypraea testudinaria Linne, 1758....112 & 115mm  SPLENDID pair, one is typical, the other one FREAK-SHOW, with a light, creamy pattern. (both are adult specimens)...Zanzibar


Cypraea teuleri Cazenavette, 1846...53mm. F++.  Toothless & heavy, white with tan mottling...Oman


Cypraea thersites Gaskoin, 1849...77mm...Excellent example .S.Australia.

Cypraea thersites Gaskoin, 1849...74mm Gorgeous rich browns with white teeth..South Australia.

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758...114mm , with a disease which causes dark blotches and complection problems. .Zanzibar.

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758...57mm. Strange little dwarf, elongate & with partly juvenile dorsum...Philippines

Cypraea tigris(one side) Linne, 1758 (other side)...80mm Decent FREAK, with distorted shape,twisted suclus, melanistic patches, a Blue Blotch , blue-shadowed spots - the thing just never stops...Philippines.

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758....69mm...Solidly melanistic! Compact, round and solidly dark: resembles a venusta. This is as dark a tiger as I've ever had: a keeper for certain...Philippines

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758....81 to 85mm...C. stercoraria. Believed to be a result of localized water pollution...Tanzania

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758...83mm VERY heavy, with a melanistic blotch on dorsum, blurred-out pattern: an extreme example of a disease form!  Phillipines....22

Cypraea tirgis Linne, 1758...77mm FREAK - has a "toasted", pre-melanistic splotch on a very light background.(Also, is HEAVY!)..Philippines.

Cypraea tirgis Linne, 1758...72mm   FREAK Has a twisted beak, with a dark streak on the ventrum - NOT your average  freak tiger, for certain...India.

Cypraea tirgis Linne, 1758...71mm   FREAK and a half: Has freaked-out blue pattern on one side, is nearly black on the other, and is twisted and humped - gotta admire the twists and turns this species can take..India.

Cypraea tirgis Linne, 1758...68mm TWISTED.  Quite a good freak, friends..India.

Cypraea tirgris Linne, 1758 ...65mm HEAVY....Also, one side has a pre-melanistic patch, and it has a GREAT red sulcus (sulcus) - an all-round oddfellow!..Philippines.

Cypraea tirgris Linne, 1758 ...60mm FREAK - a wierd, blurred pattern, well worthy of any freak show -squashed too!...Zanzibar.

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758...59mm   A "squashed" freak, with odd "blurred" pattern..Zanzibar.

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758...75.5mm    BEST freak tigris pattern i've ever seen - looks like the atmosphere of Jupiter. Philippines...

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758(base) ...72.5mm .Absolutely black blotch on dorsum. Philippines.

Cypraea tirgris Linne, 1758 ...69mm . FREAK: tigris speak with forked sulcus...China!.

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758...70.5 . FREAK.  Very dark, nearly pattern-free dorsum.  Zanzibar.

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758...81mm FREAK! Lovely creamy overglaze, quite unusual!  Indonesia.

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758 ...59mm Very small (fully adult) form with lots of white.Philippines.

Cypraea tigris Linne, 1758...68mm.  Glorious 80% melanistic specimen!...Philippines

Cypraea tigris pardalis Shaw, 1795...75mm  Spectacular example, milky white with coulded gray spots...Philippines

Cypraea tigris schilderiana Cate, 1961  Splendid, normal-patterened example, with high quality:  Overall, highly satisfying ....Hawaii.

Cypraea tigris schilderiana Cate,1961...110.5mm. Bold, dark specimen of this globose giant form...Hawaii


Cypraea turdus Lamarck, 1810...47 to 48mm  GIANT pair shows variability of spot pattern & density quite well...Pakistan

Cypraea turdus Lamarck, 1810...40 to 45mm  Fabulous 5 piece set gives a good impression of the variability of this handsome species...Pakistan

Cypraea turdus Lamarck, 1810...52.5mm  Huge, very dark, with exeptionally clear pattern: a total knockout specimen!!!....Pakistan


Cypraea ursellus Gmelin, 1791....8 to 10mm  Wonderful little blue-gray & white banded mini-cyps...Solomons


Cypraea valentia Perry, 1811...95.5mm almost perfect.  I am not a big Cyp fan, but my goodness this thing is nice!  Very globose, with all the classic patterning of this famous species..Philippines

Cypraea valentia Perry, 1811...81mm  This is a stunner of a specimen for certain....Philippines


Cypraea ventriculus Lamark, 1810 ...57mm   BOLD...Philippines.

Cypraea ventriculus Lamark, 1810...49mm   Splendid..Tahiti

Cypraea ventriculus Lamark, 1810...43 & 45mm  SPLENDID contrast in these 2: dark with narrow center vs light with wide center....Australia

Cypraea ventriculus Lamarck, 1810...49.5 mm  Fabulous!!...Polynesia


Cypraea vitellus Linne, 1758...65mm SUPERFREAK - the "hunchback of Banyuwangi. Indonesia.

Cypraea vitellus Linne, 1753..45mm VERY dark up both sides, normal in center...Mariana Is.

Cypraea vitellus Linne, 1758...45 to 57mm...Fascinating 7 piece growth & pattern set shows huge variation for such a typically consistant species Check out this herd of deer!...Tanzania

Cypraea vitellus Linne, 1758..38 & 41 Wild, wonderfully contrasting pair. The pale one may be a subfossil or albinistic...Zanzibar

Cypraea vitellus Linne, 1758....62mm  Huge example with well spotted dorsum & dark lateral margins...Solomon Islands

Cypraea vitellus Linne, 1758...55mm STRANGE!!! Interesting greenish-gray over-glaze...Philippines

Cypraea vitellus fm. dama Perry, 1811...58.5mm  Huge! Dark marginal callous. Bigger than any in Rice...Zanzibar


Cypraea venusta Sowerby, 1846...71mm Good, very "classic" specimen.  Australia

Cypraea venusta Sowerby, 1846....77mm  Jumbovery lovely pattern...Australia

Cypraea venusta episema sorrentensis Schilder, 1963...54mm...Beautiful brown clouded dorsum & white base on this smaller venusta form...Australia

Cypraea venusta sorrentensis Schilder, 1963...60mm.  Dark brown spots & grayish lateral callous. Excellent example...Australia

Cypraea venusta sorrentensis Schilder, 1963...59mm...Rich brown dorsum, grayish lateral clouding & white base. Striking specimen...Australia

Cypraea venusta sorrentensis Schilder, 1963...55mm...Pattern intense and exeptional. .W.Australia..

Cypraea venusta.sorrentensis Schilder, 1963...54mm Very dark, with black areas..W.Australia.


Cypraea vredenburgi Schilder, 1927....23 to 27mm...Olive green with fine brown speckles which coalesce into a loose dorsal spot, and with creamy base & purplish side spots...Thailand


Cypraea walkeri continens Iredale, 1935....24mm  Large for the species, subtly banded in tan...Australia


Cypraea zebra Linne, 1758...77mm Brown bands & tan spots, with dorsal growth mark..East Panama.

Cypraea zebra Linne.37.5mm About as small as they ever get... Florida.

Cypraea zebra Linne, 1758....82mm ...Jumbo zebra - almost a caribou!! Nicely spotted, just one tiny sponge hole on the base...Florida

Cypraea zebra Linne, 1758...86mm. Very dark dorsum & sides, possibly semi-melanistic...Brazil

Cypraea zebra Linne, 1758...58mm  Beautiful prime example of the species...Florida

Cypraea zebra Linne, 1758...80mm  Large size & well spotted on rich brown...Bahamas


Cypraea ziczac fm misella Perry, 1811...19mm...Big for form! 3 brown & white zig-zag bands on olive-tan, with an orange base & an unusual black labial margin....Zanzibar

Cypraea ziczac misella Perry, 1811..20.1mm  size for the form...Zanzibar

Cypraea ziczac fm. undata Lamarck, 1822...23.5mm  GIGANTIC!!!! (Possible WR size for the form.) Hugely handsome, with 3 bands of chevrons like a seargent's stripes..Zanzibar

Cypraea ziczac vittata Deshayes 1831...18.5mm GIGANTIC zic or zac (not quite sure which!)....Solomon Islands

Cypraea ziczac vittata Deshayes 1831....14 to 15mm...Triscodecaphobics -- don't buy this one!... SUPERSET of 13 variations on the vittata theme: this is an extravagant.celebration of variation!...Solomon Islands

Cypraea ziczac vittata Deshayes 1831...Move zic!! (and if you get that reference, give yourself a nerd biscuit!!) Normal -sized singles of an elegant form....Solomon Islands...SPECIAL!!

Cypraea ziczac vittata Deshayes 1831...Superb, maximal-contrast pair....Solomon Islands

Cypraea ziczac vittata Deshayes 1831....17.5mm...Simply SMASHINGgiant pair of this lovely cowrie form ....Solomon Islands

Cypraea ziczac form vittata Deshayes, 1831...16, 17mm   Bands of tan wavey lines on very light gray..Australia.


Cypraea zonaria Gmelin, 1791...34mm Strong banding with lots of Blue...Gabon.

Cypraea zonaria Gmelin, 1791...24mm   FREAK pattern - quite unusual..Senegal.

Cypraea zonaria Gmelin, 1791...23.5 & 24.5mm Typical pair...Senegal

Cypraea zonaria Gmelin, 1791...33mm  Brown speckled bands over blue-gray backs. Superb!...Ivory Coast
 
 

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