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Updated 1/27/2013

Family Cypraeidae


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


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.