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Family: Cypraeidae cowries (See list of species below)

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206 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)
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Austrasiatica sakuraii
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Barycypraea fultoni
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Bernaya teulèrei
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Bistolida erythraeensis
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Bistolida kieneri
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Bistolida owenii
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Bistolida stolida
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Bistolida ursellus
[little bear cowry]
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Blasicrura dayritiana
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Blasicrura interrupta
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Blasicrura luchuana
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Blasicrura pallidula
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Blasicrura quadrimaculata
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Blasicrura subteres
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Blasicrura summersi
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Chelycypraea testudinaria
[turtle cowry]
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Cribrarula astaryi
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Cribrarula cribraria
[sieve cowrie]
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Cribrarula cumingii
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Cribrarula gaskoini
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Cribrarula pellisserpentis
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Cypraea angustata
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Cypraea arabica
[Arabian cowrie]


Cypraea argus
[eyed cowrie]


Cypraea asellus
[asellus cowrie]


Cypraea beckii
[Beck's cowrie]


Cypraea bistrinotata
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Cypraea boivinii
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Cypraea bouteti
[Boutet's cowrie]


Cypraea caputserpentis
[serpent's head cowrie]


Cypraea carneola
[Carnelian cowrie]


Cypraea caurica
[dragon cowrie]


Cypraea cernica
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Cypraea cervus
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Cypraea childreni
[children's cowrie]


Cypraea chinensis
[coloba cowrie]


Cypraea clandestina
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Cypraea contaminata
[contaminated cowrie]


Cypraea cylindrica
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Cypraea dayritiana
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Cypraea decipiens
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Cypraea declivis
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Cypraea dillwyni
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Cypraea eglantina
[eglantine cowrie]


Cypraea erosa
[eroded cowrie]


Cypraea errones
[wandering cowrie]


Cypraea fimbriata
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Cypraea globulus
[globular cowrie]


Cypraea goodalli
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Cypraea guttata
[great spotted cowrie]


Cypraea helvola
[small silvery honey cowry]
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Cypraea hirasei
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Cypraea hirundo
[swallow cowrie]


Cypraea irrorata
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Cypraea isabella
[Isabelle cowrie]
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Cypraea isabellamexicana
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Cypraea labrolineata
[yellow-tinted cowry]
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Cypraea langfordi
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Cypraea leviathan
[monster cowrie]


Cypraea limacina
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Cypraea lutea
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Cypraea mappa
[map cowrie]
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Cypraea maraie
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Cypraea mariae
[Marie's cowrie]


Cypraea mauritiana
[humpback cowrie]


Cypraea microdon
[tiny-teeth cowry]
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Cypraea milliaris
[milliaris cowrie]


Cypraea moneta
[money cowrie]


Cypraea obvelata
[walled cowrie]


Cypraea onyx
[onyx cowrie]


Cypraea ovum
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Cypraea pallidula
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Cypraea poraria
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Cypraea porteri
[Porter's cowrie]


Cypraea pulchella
[beautiful cowrie]
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Cypraea pulicaria
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Cypraea punctata
[brown-spotted cowry]


Cypraea pyriformis
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Cypraea quadrimaculata
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Cypraea rabaulensis
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Cypraea saulae
[Saul's cowrie]


Cypraea schilderorum
[Schilder's cowrie]


Cypraea spadicea
[chestnut cowry]


Cypraea stolida
[stolid cowrie]
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Cypraea stollida
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Cypraea teres
[teres cowrie]
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Cypraea testudinaria
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Cypraea tigris
[tiger cowrie]
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Cypraea ursellus
[little bear cowrie]
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Cypraea valentia
[prince cowrie]


Cypraea ventriculus
[tummy cowrie]


Cypraea walkeri
[walker's cowrie]
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Cypraea xanthodon
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Cypraea zebra
[measled cowry]


Cypraea ziczac
[undulating cowrie]
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Cypraeovula algoensis
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Erosaria acicularis
[Atlantic yellow cowrie]
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Erosaria beckii
[beck's cowry]
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Erosaria bernardi
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Erosaria boivinii
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Erosaria cernica
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Erosaria citrina
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Erosaria dillwyni
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Erosaria eburnea
[ivory cowry]
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Erosaria englerti
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Erosaria guttata
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Erosaria labrolineata
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Erosaria lamarckii
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Erosaria macandrewi
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Erosaria marginalis
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Erosaria miliaris
[miliaris cowrie]
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Erosaria nebrites
[nebrite cowrie]
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Erosaria ocellata
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Erosaria ostergaardi
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Erosaria poraria
[porous cowry]
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Erosaria spurca
[dirty cowry]
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Erosaria thomasi
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Erosaria turdus
[thrush cowry]
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Erronea barclayi
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Erronea bregeriana
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Erronea cylindrica
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Erronea errones
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Erronea fernandoi
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Erronea listeri
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Erronea pallida
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Erronea pyriformis
[pear-shaped cowrie]
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Erronea subviridis
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Erronea vredenburgi
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Erronea walkeri
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Luria cinerea
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Luria isabella
[Isabella cowrie]
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Luria lurida
[cowries]
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Luria pulchra
[Lamarck's cowrie]


Lyncina aurantium
[golden cowrie]
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Lyncina kuroharai
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Lyncina leucodon
[white-toothed cowrie]


Lyncina lynx
[lynx cowrie]
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Lyncina nivosa
[cloudy cowrie]
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Lyncina porteri
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Lyncina sulcidentata
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Lyncina vitellus
[Pacific deer cowrie]
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Macrocypraea cervus
[Atlantic deer cowrie]
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Macrocypraea zebra
[measled cowrie]


Mauritia depressa
[depressed cowrie]
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Mauritia grayana
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Mauritia histrio
[history cowrie]


Mauritia maculifera
[reticulated cowrie]


Mauritia scurra
[jester cowrie]


Melicerona felina
[cat cowrie]


Monetaria annulus
[gold ring cowrie]
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Monetaria caputdraconis
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Monetaria caputserpentis
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Monetaria obvelata
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Muracypraea donmoorei
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Naria irrorata
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Nesiocypraea hirasei
[hirase's cowrite]
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Nesiocypraea lisetae
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Nesiocypraea maricola
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Nesiocypraea midwayensis
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Nesiocypraea sakurai
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Nesiocypraea teramachii
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Notadusta boucheti
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Notadusta katsuae
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Notadusta martini
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Notadusta musumea
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Notadusta omii
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Nucleolaria nucleus
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Ovatipsa chinensis
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Ovatipsa coloba
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Palmadusta androyensis
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Palmadusta artuffeli
[Artufell's cowry]
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Palmadusta asellus
[little ass cowry]
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Palmadusta barbieri
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Palmadusta contaminata
[contaminated cowry]
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Palmadusta diluculum
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Palmadusta lentiginosa
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Palmadusta saulae
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Palmadusta serrulifera
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Palmadusta ziczac
[zigzag cowry]
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Propustularia surinamensis
[Suriname cowrie]


Purpuradusta gracilis
[graceful cowry]


Purpuradusta hammondae
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Purpuradusta minoridens
[small-toothed cowry]
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Pustularia bistrinotata
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Pustularia cicercula
[chick-pea cowrie]
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Pustularia jandeprezi
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Pustularia keelingensis
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Pustularia margarita
[pearl cowry]
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Pustularia mauiensis
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Ransoniella fusula
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Ransoniella glandina
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Schilderia achatidea
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Siphocypraea mus
[mouse cowrite]
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Staphylaea limacina
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Staphylaea nucleus
[nucleus cowrie]
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Staphylaea semiplota
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Staphylaea staphylaea
[grape cowrie]
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Talostolida pellucens
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Talparia cinerea
[Atlantic gray cowrie]
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Talparia exusta
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Talparia talpa
[mole cowrie]
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Tesselata tesselata
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Trona stercoraria
[droppings cowry]
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Zoila venusta
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Zonaria pyrum
[pear cowrie]
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Zonaria spadicea
[chestnut cowrie]
206 Species of Family Cypraeidae
(cowries)
Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Austrasiatica sakuraii Western Central Pacific
Barycypraea fultoni Western Indian Ocean. 7.5 ShL
Bernaya teulèrei Western Indian Ocean 5.5 ShL
Bistolida erythraeensis Western Indian Ocean 3 ShL
Bistolida kieneri Western Central Pacific.
Bistolida owenii Eastern Indian Ocean. 2 ShL
Bistolida stolida Western Central Pacific
Bistolida ursellus little bear cowry Indo-Pacific
Blasicrura dayritiana Western Central Pacific 1.8 ShL
Blasicrura interrupta Indo-West Pacific 2.5 ShL
Blasicrura luchuana Northwest Pacific 2.5 ShL
Blasicrura pallidula Western Pacific 2.5 ShL
Blasicrura quadrimaculata Western Pacific Ocean 2.8 ShL
Blasicrura subteres Eastern Central Pacific
Blasicrura summersi Western Central Pacific 2 ShL
Chelycypraea testudinaria turtle cowry Indo-Pacific 14.5 ShL
Cribrarula astaryi Pacific. 2 ShL
Cribrarula cribraria sieve cowrie Indo-West Pacific.
Cribrarula cumingii Pacific Ocean 2 ShL
Cribrarula gaskoini Eastern Central Pacific 2.5 ShL
Cribrarula pellisserpentis Western Indian Ocean 2.5 ShL
Cypraea angustata Southwest Pacific
Cypraea arabica Arabian cowrie Indo-Pacific. 10.5 SHL
Cypraea argus eyed cowrie Indo-Pacific. 11.5 SHL
Cypraea asellus asellus cowrie Western Pacific.
Cypraea beckii Beck's cowrie Western Central Pacific
Cypraea bistrinotata Central Pacific.
Cypraea boivinii Western Central Pacific 3.5 TL
Cypraea bouteti Boutet's cowrie Pacific Ocean 9 SHL
Cypraea caputserpentis serpent's head cowrie Indo-Pacific 4.5 SHL
Cypraea carneola Carnelian cowrie Indo-Pacific 9.5 SHL
Cypraea caurica dragon cowrie Indo-Pacific 7 SHL
Cypraea cernica Indo-Pacific.
Cypraea cervus Western Central Atlantic 19 DL
Cypraea childreni children's cowrie Central Pacific.
Cypraea chinensis coloba cowrie Indo-West Pacific. 5 TL
Cypraea clandestina Western Central Pacific
Cypraea contaminata contaminated cowrie Western Central Pacific 1.5 TL
Cypraea cylindrica Western Central Pacific
Cypraea dayritiana Western Central Pacific 2.5 TL
Cypraea decipiens Western Indian Ocean 5.5 ShL
Cypraea declivis Indo-West Pacific 2.5 ShL
Cypraea dillwyni Central Pacific
Cypraea eglantina eglantine cowrie Indo-Pacific. 8.5 SHL
Cypraea erosa eroded cowrie Indo-Pacific 7.5 SHL
Cypraea errones wandering cowrie Western Central Pacific
Cypraea fimbriata Central Pacific.
Cypraea globulus globular cowrie Western Central Pacific.
Cypraea goodalli Central Pacific 2 TL
Cypraea guttata great spotted cowrie Indo-West Pacific 7 TL
Cypraea helvola small silvery honey cowry Indo-West Pacific.
Cypraea hirasei Western Central Pacific 6 TL
Cypraea hirundo swallow cowrie Western Central Pacific
Cypraea irrorata Central Pacific
Cypraea isabella Isabelle cowrie Indo-Pacific 5.5 SHL
Cypraea isabellamexicana
Cypraea labrolineata yellow-tinted cowry Western Central Pacific.
Cypraea langfordi Western Central Pacific
Cypraea leviathan monster cowrie Indo-Pacific 13 SHL
Cypraea limacina Western Central Pacific
Cypraea lutea Western Central Pacific 2.5 TL
Cypraea mappa map cowrie Indo-Pacific. 10 SHL
Cypraea maraie Western Central Pacific 2 TL
Cypraea mariae Marie's cowrie Central Pacific.
Cypraea mauritiana humpback cowrie Indo-Pacific 13 SHL
Cypraea microdon tiny-teeth cowry Western Central Pacific
Cypraea milliaris milliaris cowrie Western Central Pacific 5 TL
Cypraea moneta money cowrie Indo-Pacific 4.5 SHL
Cypraea obvelata walled cowrie Pacific Ocean 3.5 SHL
Cypraea onyx onyx cowrie Indo-West Pacific 5.69999980926514 SHL
Cypraea ovum Western Central Pacific.
Cypraea pallidula Western Central Pacific
Cypraea poraria Pacific Ocean.
Cypraea porteri Porter's cowrie Western Central Pacific 6 TL
Cypraea pulchella beautiful cowrie Western Central Pacific 4.5 TL
Cypraea pulicaria Eastern Indian Ocean 2 ShL
Cypraea punctata brown-spotted cowry Western Central Pacific.
Cypraea pyriformis Western Central Pacific 3.5 TL
Cypraea quadrimaculata Western Central Pacific 3.5 TL
Cypraea rabaulensis Western Central Pacific 2.5 TL
Cypraea saulae Saul's cowrie Western Central Pacific
Cypraea schilderorum Schilder's cowrie Pacific Ocean. Tropical 4.5 SHL
Cypraea spadicea chestnut cowry Eastern Central Pacific 7.5 SHL
Cypraea stolida stolid cowrie Western Central Pacific
Cypraea stollida Western Central Pacific 4 TL
Cypraea teres teres cowrie Indo-West Pacific.
Cypraea testudinaria Central Pacific.
Cypraea tigris tiger cowrie Indo-Pacific. 16 SHL
Cypraea ursellus little bear cowrie Western Central Pacific
Cypraea valentia prince cowrie Western Central Pacific
Cypraea ventriculus tummy cowrie Indo-Pacific. 7.5 SHL
Cypraea walkeri walker's cowrie Indo-West Pacific
Cypraea xanthodon Western Pacific 3 ShL
Cypraea zebra measled cowry Western Central Atlantic 13.3 DL
Cypraea ziczac undulating cowrie Western Central Pacific
Cypraeovula algoensis Southeast Atlantic. 2.5 ShL
Erosaria acicularis Atlantic yellow cowrie Western Atlantic. 3.1 NG
Erosaria beckii beck's cowry Indo-Pacific 1.8 ShL
Erosaria bernardi Polynesia.
Erosaria boivinii Western Central Pacific 3.5 ShL
Erosaria cernica Indo-Pacific. 3 ShL
Erosaria citrina Western Indian Ocean 2.5 ShL
Erosaria dillwyni Central Pacific. 1.3 ShL
Erosaria eburnea ivory cowry Western Central Pacific 4 ShL
Erosaria englerti Southeast Pacific 2.5 ShL
Erosaria guttata Indo-West Pacific 6.5 ShL
Erosaria labrolineata Indo-Pacific 2 ShL
Erosaria lamarckii Western Indian Ocean
Erosaria macandrewi Western Indian Ocean 2 ShL
Erosaria marginalis Western Indian Ocean. 2.5 ShL
Erosaria miliaris miliaris cowrie Western Pacific Ocean. 5 ShL
Erosaria nebrites nebrite cowrie Western Indian Ocean 3.5 ShL
Erosaria ocellata Northern Indian Ocean. 3 ShL
Erosaria ostergaardi Eastern Central Pacific 2 ShL
Erosaria poraria porous cowry Indo-Pacific. 2.5 ShL
Erosaria spurca dirty cowry Western Atlantic and the 3 ShL
Erosaria thomasi Polynesia. 1.8 ShL
Erosaria turdus thrush cowry Western Indian Ocean and
Erronea barclayi Western Indian Ocean 2.5 ShL
Erronea bregeriana Western Central Pacific 2.5 ShL
Erronea cylindrica Western Central Pacific 4.5 ShL
Erronea errones Indo-Pacific. 3.5 ShL
Erronea fernandoi Western Central Pacific 2.5 ShL
Erronea listeri Pacific Ocean
Erronea pallida Indo-West Pacific 3 ShL
Erronea pyriformis pear-shaped cowrie Indo-Pacific 3.5 ShL
Erronea subviridis Western Pacific Ocean 3.5 ShL
Erronea vredenburgi Indonesia. 3 ShL
Erronea walkeri Indo-Pacific. 3.5 ShL
Luria cinerea Western Atlantic. 3 ShL
Luria isabella Isabella cowrie Western Pacific.
Luria lurida cowries Mediterranean Sea.
Luria pulchra Lamarck's cowrie Western Indian Ocean
Lyncina aurantium golden cowrie Pacific Ocean 11 ShL
Lyncina kuroharai Northwest Pacific. 7 ShL
Lyncina leucodon white-toothed cowrie Indo-Pacific. 7.5 ShL
Lyncina lynx lynx cowrie Indo-Pacific. 9 SHL
Lyncina nivosa cloudy cowrie Indo-West Pacific 6 ShL
Lyncina porteri Pacific Ocean. 6 ShL
Lyncina sulcidentata Eastern Central Pacific 5 ShL
Lyncina vitellus Pacific deer cowrie Indo-Pacific. 10 SHL
Macrocypraea cervus Atlantic deer cowrie Western Central Atlantic. 19 DL
Macrocypraea zebra measled cowrie Western Atlantic. 13.3 DL
Mauritia depressa depressed cowrie Indo-Pacific 6 SHL
Mauritia grayana Western Indian Ocean
Mauritia histrio history cowrie Indo-West Pacific 7 ShL
Mauritia maculifera reticulated cowrie Central Pacific. 10 SHL
Mauritia scurra jester cowrie 199466. Mauritia scur 6 SHL
Melicerona felina cat cowrie Indo-West Pacific.
Monetaria annulus gold ring cowrie Indo-Pacific. 4 SHL
Monetaria caputdraconis Southeast Pacific 3.5 ShL
Monetaria caputserpentis Indo-West Pacific.
Monetaria obvelata Polynesia. 2.5 ShL
Muracypraea donmoorei Western Atlantic. 7.5 DL
Naria irrorata Polynesia.
Nesiocypraea hirasei hirase's cowrite Pacific Ocean. 5 ShL
Nesiocypraea lisetae Indo-West Pacific.
Nesiocypraea maricola Western Central Pacific
Nesiocypraea midwayensis Western Pacific 2.5 ShL
Nesiocypraea sakurai Pacific Ocean. 5.5 ShL
Nesiocypraea teramachii Western Central Pacific 7.5 SHL
Notadusta boucheti Western Central Pacific
Notadusta katsuae Western Pacific 2.3 SHL
Notadusta martini Western Central Pacific 2 TL
Notadusta musumea Western Pacific 2.5 ShL
Notadusta omii Northwest Pacific 1.8 ShL
Nucleolaria nucleus Indo-Pacific 2.8 ShL
Ovatipsa chinensis Indo-Pacific. 5 ShL
Ovatipsa coloba Indo-West Pacific 3.2 ShL
Palmadusta androyensis Western Indian Ocean 1.7 ShL
Palmadusta artuffeli Artufell's cowry Northwest Pacific 2.5 ShL
Palmadusta asellus little ass cowry Indo-Pacific 2.8 ShL
Palmadusta barbieri Polynesia.
Palmadusta contaminata contaminated cowry Indo-Pacific 1.4 ShL
Palmadusta diluculum Western Indian Ocean. 3 ShL
Palmadusta lentiginosa Western Indian Ocean and 3 ShL
Palmadusta saulae Western Pacific Ocean 3 ShL
Palmadusta serrulifera Polynesia. 0.95 ShL
Palmadusta ziczac zigzag cowry Indo-Pacific 2 ShL
Propustularia surinamensis Suriname cowrie Western Atlantic 4.1 DL
Purpuradusta gracilis graceful cowry Indo-West Pacific and the
Purpuradusta hammondae Western Central Pacific 2 TL
Purpuradusta minoridens small-toothed cowry Indo-Pacific 1.7 ShL
Pustularia bistrinotata Indo-Pacific 2 ShL
Pustularia cicercula chick-pea cowrie Central Pacific.
Pustularia jandeprezi Western Central Pacific
Pustularia keelingensis Western Central Pacific
Pustularia margarita pearl cowry Western Central Pacific.
Pustularia mauiensis Eastern Central Pacific
Ransoniella fusula Western Central Pacific
Ransoniella glandina Western Central Pacific
Schilderia achatidea Mediterranean Sea.
Siphocypraea mus mouse cowrite Western Central Atlantic 5.5 ShL
Staphylaea limacina Indo-Pacific 3 ShL
Staphylaea nucleus nucleus cowrie Western Central Pacific.
Staphylaea semiplota Eastern Central Pacific 2 ShL
Staphylaea staphylaea grape cowrie Central Pacific.
Talostolida pellucens Western Central Pacific
Talparia cinerea Atlantic gray cowrie Western Central Atlantic
Talparia exusta Western Indian Ocean 7.5 ShL
Talparia talpa mole cowrie Indo-Pacific. 10.5 SHL
Tesselata tesselata Eastern Central Pacific 4.5 ShL
Trona stercoraria droppings cowry Eastern Central Atlantic. 8 ShL
Zoila venusta Australia. 8 ShL
Zonaria pyrum pear cowrie Mediterranean Sea.
Zonaria spadicea chestnut cowrie Northeast Pacific Ocean.



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