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Updated 1/27/2013

Family Cypraeidae

HAWAII

Cypraea (Mauritia) maculifera maculifera 

Makapu‘u, O‘ahu, 2 feet, 57mm

 

Juvenile, Makapu‘u, O‘ahu, 2 feet, 60mm

 

Juvenile Reticulated Cowry, Sharks Cove, Oahu, 25 feet, 90mm

Juvenile, Sharks Cove, O‘ahu, 25 feet

 

Juvenile, Makapu‘u tidepool, O‘ahu

Ka'ohe, Hawai‘i, 20 feet

 

Mala Wharf, Maui, 20 feet

 

Makapu‘u Pinnacle, O‘ahu, 20 feet

 

Blowhole, Oahu, 20 feet

Subadult, Sea Cave, Oahu, 20 feet

HAWAIIAN RETICULATED COWRY

Common in rough shallow water in holes and under large slabs.  Juveniles are gray with wavy brown lines.  Attains 4 inches.  Endemic Hawaiian subspecies.  Parent species occurs throughout the Indo-West Pacific.