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Updated 8/8/2013

Family Cypraeidae


Cypraea (Monetaria) caputophidii 


Mokapu, Oahu, 1 foot, 23mm


Juvenile, Puako, Hawaii, 2 feet, 26mm


Puako tidepool, Hawaii

Kaunolu Bay tidepool, Lana'i


Makapu'u tidepool, Oahu 

Juvenile, Makapu'u tidepool, Oahu 


Juvenile, Makapu'u tidepool, Oahu


Kaunolu Bay tidepool, Lana'i

Juvenile, Kahalu'u tidepool, Hawaii


Juvenile, Onekahakaha tidepool, Hawaii


Kaunolu tidepool, Lana'i


Abundant on shallow reefs & tidepools.  Found in sea urchin pits on wave benches or under stones.  Juveniles are gray with a wide brown band.  Attains 1.75 inch.  Endemic to Hawaii.  Formerly known in Hawaii as the Indo-Pacific Cypraea caputserpentis.