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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.



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Annepona mariae

CYPRAEIDAE

Annepona mariae

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Annepona mariae f. suluensis

CYPRAEIDAE

Annepona mariae f. suluensis

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Annepona mariae GIANT

CYPRAEIDAE

Annepona mariae GIANT

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Annepona mariae SECOND

CYPRAEIDAE

Annepona mariae SECOND

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Annepona mariae SET

CYPRAEIDAE

Annepona mariae SET

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Arestorides argus argus

CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus argus

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Arestorides argus argus DWARF

CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus argus DWARF

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Arestorides argus argus f. rariocellata

CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus argus f. rariocellata

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Arestorides argus argus f. ventricosa

CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus argus f. ventricosa

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Arestorides argus argus FREAK

CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus argus FREAK

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Arestorides argus argus GIANT

CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus argus GIANT

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Arestorides argus argus LARGE

CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus argus LARGE

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Arestorides argus argus SPECIAL COLOR

CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus argus SPECIAL COLOR

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Arestorides argus contrastriata

CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus contrastriata

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Arestorides argus contrastriata DWARF

CYPRAEIDAE

Arestorides argus contrastriata DWARF

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Austrasiatica hirasei hirasei

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica hirasei hirasei

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Austrasiatica hirasei hirasei YOUNG

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica hirasei hirasei YOUNG

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Austrasiatica hirasei queenslandica

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Austrasiatica hirasei queenslandica

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Austrasiatica hungerfordi bealsi

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica hungerfordi bealsi

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Austrasiatica hungerfordi bealsi f. lovetha

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica hungerfordi bealsi f. lovetha

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Austrasiatica hungerfordi coucomi

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica hungerfordi coucomi

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Austrasiatica hungerfordi hungerfordi

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica hungerfordi hungerfordi

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Austrasiatica hungerfordi hungerfordi DAVAO

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica hungerfordi hungerfordi DAVAO

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Austrasiatica hungerfordi hungerfordi GIANT

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica hungerfordi hungerfordi GIANT

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Austrasiatica hungerfordi hungerfordi SPECIAL COLOR

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica hungerfordi hungerfordi SPECIAL COLOR

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Austrasiatica langfordi cavatoensis

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica langfordi cavatoensis

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Austrasiatica langfordi langfordi

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica langfordi langfordi

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Austrasiatica langfordi moretonensis

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica langfordi moretonensis

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Austrasiatica sakuraii

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrasiatica sakuraii

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Austrocypraea reevei

CYPRAEIDAE

Austrocypraea reevei

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Barycypraea fultoni

CYPRAEIDAE

Barycypraea fultoni

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Barycypraea fultoni f. amorimi

CYPRAEIDAE

Barycypraea fultoni f. amorimi

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Barycypraea teulerei

CYPRAEIDAE

Barycypraea teulerei

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Barycypraea teulerei NEW POPULATION

CYPRAEIDAE

Barycypraea teulerei NEW POPULATION

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Barycypraea teulerei SPECIAL COLOR

CYPRAEIDAE

Barycypraea teulerei SPECIAL COLOR

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Bistolida brevidentata brevidentata

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida brevidentata brevidentata

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Bistolida brevidentata deceptor

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida brevidentata deceptor

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Bistolida brevidentata fluctuans

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida brevidentata fluctuans

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Bistolida erythraeensis

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida erythraeensis

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Bistolida goodallii

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Bistolida goodallii

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Bistolida goodallii DEAD

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida goodallii DEAD

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Bistolida goodallii f. fuscomaculata

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida goodallii f. fuscomaculata

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Bistolida hirundo francisca

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida hirundo francisca

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Bistolida hirundo hirundo

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida hirundo hirundo

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Bistolida hirundo neglecta

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida hirundo neglecta

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Bistolida hirundo neglecta OVERGLAZE

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida hirundo neglecta OVERGLAZE

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Bistolida hirundo rouxi

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida hirundo rouxi

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Bistolida kieneri depriesteri

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida kieneri depriesteri

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Bistolida kieneri kieneri

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida kieneri kieneri

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Bistolida kieneri kieneri LARGE

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Bistolida kieneri kieneri LARGE

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Bistolida owenii owenii

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida owenii owenii

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Bistolida owenii piae

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Bistolida owenii piae

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Bistolida owenii vasta

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida owenii vasta

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Bistolida quadrimaculata f. thielei

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida quadrimaculata f. thielei

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Bistolida stolida

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida

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Bistolida stolida f. brianoi

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida f. brianoi

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Bistolida stolida f. clavicola

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida f. clavicola

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Bistolida stolida f. diauges

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Bistolida stolida f. diauges

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Bistolida stolida f. diauges SPECIAL COLOR

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida f. diauges SPECIAL COLOR

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Bistolida stolida f. fulva

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida f. fulva

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Bistolida stolida f. kwajaleinensis

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida f. kwajaleinensis

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Bistolida stolida f. rubiginosa

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida f. rubiginosa

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Bistolida stolida OLANGO

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida OLANGO

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Bistolida stolida OLANGO FREAK

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida OLANGO FREAK

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Bistolida stolida OLANGO SPECIAL COLOR

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida OLANGO SPECIAL COLOR

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Bistolida stolida OVERGLAZE

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida OVERGLAZE

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Bistolida stolida salaryensis

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida salaryensis

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Bistolida stolida salaryensis FREAK

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida salaryensis FREAK

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Bistolida stolida salaryensis GIANT

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Bistolida stolida salaryensis SPECIAL COLOR

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida salaryensis SPECIAL COLOR

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Bistolida stolida SAMAR

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida SAMAR

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Bistolida stolida SAMAR SPECIAL COLOR

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida SAMAR SPECIAL COLOR

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Bistolida stolida SPECIAL COLOR

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida SPECIAL COLOR

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Bistolida stolida YOUNG

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida stolida YOUNG

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Bistolida ursellus

CYPRAEIDAE

Bistolida ursellus

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Blasicrura interrupta

CYPRAEIDAE

Blasicrura interrupta

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Blasicrura pallidula pallidula

CYPRAEIDAE

Blasicrura pallidula pallidula

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Blasicrura pallidula rhinoceros

CYPRAEIDAE

Blasicrura pallidula rhinoceros

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Blasicrura pallidula rhinoceros OVERGLAZE

CYPRAEIDAE

Blasicrura pallidula rhinoceros OVERGLAZE

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Blasicrura summersi

CYPRAEIDAE

Blasicrura summersi

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Chelycypraea testudinaria

CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria

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Chelycypraea testudinaria BULLA STAGE

CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria BULLA STAGE

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Chelycypraea testudinaria DARK

CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria DARK

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Chelycypraea testudinaria DWARF

CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria DWARF

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Chelycypraea testudinaria FREAK

CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria FREAK

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Chelycypraea testudinaria GIANT

CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria GIANT

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Chelycypraea testudinaria LARGE

CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria LARGE

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Chelycypraea testudinaria OVERGLAZE

CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria OVERGLAZE

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Chelycypraea testudinaria SPECIAL COLOR

CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria SPECIAL COLOR

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Chelycypraea testudinaria VERY LARGE

CYPRAEIDAE

Chelycypraea testudinaria VERY LARGE

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Contradusta barclayi

CYPRAEIDAE

Contradusta barclayi

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Contradusta bregeriana bregeriana

CYPRAEIDAE

Contradusta bregeriana bregeriana

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Contradusta bregeriana pervelata

CYPRAEIDAE

Contradusta bregeriana pervelata

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Contradusta lapillus

CYPRAEIDAE

Contradusta lapillus

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Contradusta lapillus cf.

CYPRAEIDAE

Contradusta lapillus cf.

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