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Updated 4/22/2023

Family Cypraeidae


Cypraea (Naria) hawaiiensis 

Sand Is., Oahu, 15 feet, 21mm


Sand Is., Oahu, 15 feet, 25mm


 Fish Hole, Midway, 35 feet


Ft. Kamehameha, Oahu, 6 feet

Makapuu tidepool, Oahu


Sea Cave, Oahu, 65 feet


Makapuu tidepool, Oahu


Ft. Kamehameha, Oahu, 3 feet


Makapuu, Oahu, 20 feet


Adult & juvenile

Lana'i Lookout, Oahu, 20 feet


Kawaihae, Hawaii


Common at any depth 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.