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Updated 8/22/2013

Family Cypraeidae


Cypraea (Nucleolaria) granulata granulata  

Adult, Lana'i, 25 feet, 33mm


Subadult, Lana'i, 25 feet, 23mm


Lana'i Lookout, Oahu, 15 feet

Ma'alaea Bay, Maui


Uncommon under rocks at scuba depths.  Dull rusty brown and flattened, juveniles are inflated and glossy.  Extremities are short compared to Cypraea nucleus.  Attains 1.75 inch.  Endemic to Hawaii.  Cypraea granulata cassiaui is endemic to French Polynesia.