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Updated 3/25/2013

Family Cypraeidae

HAWAII

Cypraea (Erosaria) hawaiiensis 

Sand Is., O‘ahu, 15 feet, 21mm

 

Sand Is., O‘ahu, 15 feet, 25mm

 

 Fish Hole, Midway, 35 feet

 

Ft. Kamehameha, O‘ahu, 6 feet

Makapu‘u tidepool, O‘ahu

 

Sea Cave, O‘ahu, 65 feet

 

Makapu‘u tidepool, O‘ahu

 

Ft. Kamehameha, O‘ahu, 3 feet

 

Makapu‘u, O‘ahu, 20 feet

 

Adult & juvenile

Lana'i Lookout, Oahu, 20 feet

HAWAIIAN HONEY COWRY

Common at scuba depths in dead coral and under rocks.  Base is orange-brown with purple terminal spots.  Base of Hawaiian shells fades after death while shells from other areas remain dark orange.  Attains 1.5 inch.  Endemic to Hawaii but closely related to Cypraea helvola from the Indo-West Pacific.