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Family Cypraeidae

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Cypraea (Erosaria) ostergaardi 

 

Hawaii, 50 feet, 13.4mm

OSTERGAARD'S COWRY

Hawaii's rarest endemic cowry.  White base distinguishes it from Honey and Porous cowries.  Rarely found alive under coral rubble in deep water; dead, badly worn or broken shells are also rare except at Midway Atoll.  Attains 3/4 inch.