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Updated 1/16/2014

Family Cypraeidae


Cypraea tigris schilderiana 

Mokapu, Oahu, 30 feet, 118mm


Puako, Hawaii, 15 feet




Makapu'u, Oahu, 15 feet


Eggs, SE Oahu, 50 feet

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 30 feet


Makapu'u, Oahu, 20 feet


Sea Cave, Oahu, 25 feet

Sea Cave, Oahu, 25 feet


Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Blowhole, Oahu, 20 feet


Found exposed next to coral heads or in holes along ledges at shallow scuba depths.  Mantle is only extended at night.  Endemic Hawaiian subspecies attains greatest size & value in Hawaii, with shells exceeding 5 inches fetching several hundred dollars.  Smaller shells of Cypraea tigris tigris are common throughout the Indo-West Pacific.