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Updated 3/25/2013

Family Cypraeidae


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


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.