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Updated 3/31/2013

Family Cypraeidae

HAWAII

Cypraea (Lyncina) leviathan leviathan 

Ma'ili Point, Oahu, 10 feet, 84mm

 

Kaena Point, Oahu, 30 feet

 

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 20 feet

Lana'i Lookout, Oahu, 15 feet

HAWAIIAN LEVIATHAN COWRY

Locally common in caverns and under slabs exposed to surge.  Cypraea carneola propinqua is smaller, less common, and lack nodules on the side.  Attains 4 inches.  Endemic Hawaiian subspecies.