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Family Cypraeidae

HAWAII

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

 

ISABELLA COWRY

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.