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Family Cypraeidae


Cypraea (Luria) isabella controversa

Punaluu, O‘ahu, 6 feet, 30mm


Ma‘ili Point, O‘ahu, 20 feet, 36mm


Makapu‘u, O‘ahu, 2 feet, 39mm


Lanai Lookout, O‘ahu, 15 feet, 35mm


Makapu‘u tidepool, O‘ahu 


Eggs, Makapu‘u, O‘ahu, 20 feet



Fairly common in small holes and under stones.  Mantle looks like black velvet.  Hawaiian shells have dark brown terminal spots while those from other localities are orange.  Attains 3 inches but typically half that.  Hawai‘i and Tropical Pacific.