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CYPRAEIDAE
The most popular of all families, mainly because the shells are glossy, often brightly coloured and pleasant to touch. They are certainly among the most perfect aesthetic creations among marine animals. The majority of species have long-floating veligers, so that apart from a few groups, cowries have a wide range. Such gave rise to a multitude of different populations and apart from the approximately 200 valid species, several thousand subspecies or forms have been described. Most famous in nomenclature are the works of Schilder and Schilder and their names are used by scientists and dealers. It has to be pointed out that the Schilders used nomenclature in their very own personal way. Most often, their nomenclature reflects shells coming from a given area and not the relationship between phena. We here attempt to list their names, together with some explanatory notes, based on their work from 1938. All this has no taxonomic value. We also apply several of the names advanced by L.M.S. Raybaudi that are now generally used by collectors. Some of these are absolutely valid and based on correct descriptions. We leave it open to scientists and/or collectors to judge about the other names and want to avoid any polemic on this subject. Niger and Rostrated - information on this group is available in the above mentioned literature. The degree of Niger means the degree of black in the shell: 100 % niger means apart from the base, completely black. Rostration is the deformation, the cause of which has remained unknown so far. South African Cowries - These are quite endemic because of their particular way of reproduction and show a large diversity in shape and form within one species. Until very recently most of these cowries were only known from eroded shells picked up on beaches. Since the eighties divers specialised in the collection of them and have brought to light marvellous beauties. Zoilas - With this term collectors mean the larger endemic Australian cowries. They come in a multitude of species, subspecies and forms and are an endless pleasure to most cowry collectors. Zoilas have the particularity to be extremely common on the market and to disappear abruptly shortly after their discovery: this is when divers or trawlers stop collecting on a particular spot. Some of the species remain common throughout, others are never found again. A few Zoilas have been trawled by Taiwanese fishermen only. West African Cowries - A complex of species living between the Canary Islands and Angola. They are extremely variable and sometimes endemic. Specialised collections even contain hybrids (!?) between C. petitiana and several other species such as angelicae or zonaria. Of course, the family contains many of the most famous shells from the world.



CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus argus

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CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus argus DWARF

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CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica hungerfordi hungerfordi

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CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida goodallii

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Bistolida kieneri kieneri

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Bistolida stolida

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Bistolida stolida OLANGO

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Bistolida stolida salaryensis

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Bistolida stolida salaryensis GIANT

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CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria

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Chelycypraea testudinaria LARGE

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Chelycypraea testudinaria OVERGLAZE

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Chelycypraea testudinaria SPECIAL COLOR

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Chelycypraea testudinaria VERY LARGE

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CYPRAEIDAE

Contradusta walkeri

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Contradusta walkeri SURIGAO

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CYPRAEIDAE

Cribrarula cribraria

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Cribrarula cribraria comma

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Cribrarula cribraria DARK

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Cribrarula cribraria f. gaspardi

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Cribrarula cribraria FREAK

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Cribrarula cribraria LARGE

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Cribrarula cribraria SPECIAL COLOR

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Cypraea tigris f. olgiatiana PHILIPPINES 66-75

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Cypraea tigris f. olgiatiana PHILIPPINES 76-85

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Cypraea tigris MADAGASCAR

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Cypraea tigris MADAGASCAR FREAK

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Cypraea tigris MADAGASCAR YOUNG

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 51-65

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 51-65 CALLOUSED

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 51-65 FREAK

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 51-65 SPECIAL COLOR

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 51-65 YOUNG

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 66-75

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 66-75 CALLOUSED

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 66-75 FREAK

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 66-75 SPECIAL COLOR

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 66-75 YOUNG

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 76-85

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 76-85 FREAK

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 76-85 SPECIAL COLOR

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 76-85 YOUNG

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 86-90

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 86-90 FREAK

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 86-90 SHIPWRECK

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 86-90 SPECIAL COLOR

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 86-90 YOUNG

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 91-100

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 91-100 FREAK

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 91-100 SPECIAL COLOR

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Cypraea tigris PHILIPPINES 91-100 YOUNG

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CYPRAEIDAE

Cypraeovula fuscorubra fuscorubra

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CYPRAEIDAE

Eclogavena dayritiana dani

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Eclogavena dayritiana dani DARK

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Eclogavena dayritiana dayritiana LASI

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Erosaria boivinii

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Erosaria boivinii BLUE

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Erosaria boivinii BROWN

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Erosaria boivinii f. cuatoni

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Erosaria boivinii f. cuatoni SURIGAO

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Erosaria boivinii SPECIAL COLOR

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Erosaria boivinii SPECKLED

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Erosaria erosa

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Erosaria erosa f. chlorizans

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Erosaria erosa f. chlorizans FREAK

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Erosaria erosa f. chlorizans SPECIAL COLOR

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Erosaria erosa FREAK

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Erosaria erosa SPECIAL COLOR

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Erosaria helvola

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Erosaria helvola DARK

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Erosaria helvola DWARF

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Erosaria helvola f. meridionalis

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Erosaria helvola SURIGAO

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Erosaria helvola TAWI TAWI

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Erosaria labrolineata

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Erosaria labrolineata BANDED

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Erosaria labrolineata BROWN

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Erosaria labrolineata BROWN BANDED

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Erosaria labrolineata DARK

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Erosaria labrolineata DARK BROWN

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Erosaria labrolineata f. helenae

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Erosaria labrolineata SPECIAL COLOR

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Erosaria lamarckii f. redimita

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Erosaria miliaris

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Erosaria miliaris CALLOUSED

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Erosaria miliaris FREAK

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Erosaria ocellata

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Erosaria poraria

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Erosaria poraria DARK

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CYPRAEIDAE

Erronea caurica caurica

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Erronea caurica caurica LARGE

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Erronea caurica caurica OVERGLAZE

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Erronea caurica caurica SELECTED DARK

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Erronea caurica elongata

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Erronea cylindrica cylindrica

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Erronea cylindrica cylindrica GIANT

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