CYPRAEA - MED-SMALL: 1" - 2"
A special selection of smaller sized cowries. Somo common, as well as less common, and from all corners of the globe. A delightful selection with some of my personal favorites. Enjoy!
Gray, J.E., 1825
21.5mm. Buenaventura, Colombia.
UNCOMMON - Pictured here when fresh, with absolutely stunning colors. This came in a pile of dead shells and definitely stood out.
Sowerby, G.B. III, 1888
38mm. East China Sea.
COMMON - Pictured here is a very fresh specimen; with a vibrant orange-red colored base. Unfortunately this color fades quickly.
30mm. Samar, Philippines.
COMMON - This shell is so common that one almost forgets how beautiful it is. Indeed the bright lemmon yellow makes it stand out.
39.2mm. Olango Is. Cebu, Philippines
COMMON - The the red-brown reticle, with clean "lacunae", over pure white or grey, put it among the most stunningly patterned shells.
Cypraea l. oceanica
36.2mm. Ascension Island.
RARE - A most beautiful endemic subspecies of C. lurida: dwarf, with blue bands, and very well defined and pronounced margin.
Cypraea p. scarabeus
Bory de St Vincent, 1827
24.5mm. Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii.
UNCOMMON - Large and dark, with sharp dorsal pattern. This kind of looks between C. albuginosa and C, poraria; quite stunning.
Pease, W.H., 1862
31.2mm. Oahu, Hawaii.
UNCOMMON - A very attractive Hawaiian endemic, with its voluptuous textures, that make it a truly outstanding cowrie.
Cypraea m. geographica
Schilder & Schilder, 1933
UNCOMMON - Rounded, with orange teeth and well spotted margins like regular mappa g. But his specimen is a cute dwarf.
34.6mm. Bohol Is. Philippines.
UNCOMMON - This is a very popular shell. Pictured here is a very large and colorful specimen, with an average pattern.
Cypraea h. bellatrix
24mm. Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
UNCOMMON - This is a recently named form of C. helvola. It has a bright red base and very well defined, yet small dorsal spotting.
29mm. Merka, Somalia.
UNCOMMON - A fantastically colored little shell: It has a dark lilac base, caramel dorsum with turquoise dots and blue lacunae.
Swainson, W.A., 1822
36.1mm. SW Oahu, Hawaii.
RARE - A beautiful and very sought-after shell; becoming rarer every day. The pictured shell is considered large for today´s standards.