COWRIES...N-Z and fossils
(Gallery view)
...updated: 30.10.2018
No. Species Data Size (mm) price in Euro €set of 3
nanostraca Lo. & Chiapponi 2005 (Bistolida)
521 nanostraca St Brandon. Endemic. Lovely live collected gem
15,6*
850
521x nanostraca St Brandon. Beached, no pattern
14-17
15
nebrites (Melvill 1888) (Naria)
522 nebrites Sinai. Whitish pattern. gem
25,0*
15
522x nebrites Yemen. Dwarf population. gem
>20
5
12
522xa nebrites Egypt. Typical specimens, variable pattern. f++/gem
25-28
5
523 nebrites f. dilatata Egypt. Wonderful specimen of the calloused variation. Very rare like this. gem
29,9*
275
nigropunctata (J. E. Gray 1828) (Pseudozonaria)
526x nigropunctata Galapagos. Dark beauties. Rare this nice. gem
32-34
185
nivosa (Broderip 1827) (Callistocypraea)
527 nivosa Thailand. Typical. Better than average. gem
55,6*
25
527a nivosa Thailand. Inflated but a bit blurry. gem
57,5*
25
527b nivosa Thailand. Nice dorsal line. gem
53,2*
35
527x nivosa Thailand. Quite nice f++/gem
40-52
15
40
nucleus (Linnaeus 1758) (Nucleolaria)
528 nucleus Kwajalein Atoll. Rostrate dwarf. gem
17-23*
10
528a nucleus Kwajalein Atoll. Young adult, quite different from fully mature form. gem
15,6*
20
528b nucleus South China Sea. Attractive shell with thick enamel and deep dorsal sulcus. Personally collected in 2002. gem
20,9*
25
528x nucleus Philippines. Typical shiny. gem
19-24
5
12
528xa nucleus Kwajalein Atoll. Callused gem
15-18
5
529 nucleus f. gemmosa Tuamotu. Amazing pustules and dorsal sulcus. Shape resembles cassiaui. Exceptional. gem
15,4*
75
529x nucleus f. gemmosa Tahiti. A distinctive eastern form. A set is recommended! gem
14-16
5
12
530 nucleus f. madagascariensis Zanzibar. Sharply cut dorsal groove. Broad gem
21,2*
15
530a nucleus f. madagascariensis St Brandon. Pellucid white giant. Dead collected but full gloss and sculpture. gem
29,2*
45
530x nucleus f. madagascariensis Zanzibar. Classic East African form. gem
18-24
5
12
531x nucleus f. sturanyi Egypt. Fresh dead, yet nice and distinctive. f++
21-27
25
nymphae (Jay 1850) (Erronea)
533 nymphae Chagos. Large specimen with cream colours. Shallow growth irregularity on side of dorsum, naturally healed chip in anterior. f++
40,3*
1900
obvelata (Lamarck 1810) (Monetaria)
534x obvelata Tahiti. Typical gem
14-21
5
12
535x obvelata f. perrieri Tuamotu. No orange ring. Uncommon. gem
13-18
15
ocellata (Linnaeus 1758) (Naria)
536x ocellata Sri Lanka. A great beauty among the cowries. gem
18-21
5
12
536xa ocellata India. Interesting variations from deeper water, reddish! gem
20-29
15
536xb ocellata Pakistan. Large, rather depressed variation. Uncommon. gem
30-31
10
onyx (Linnaeus 1758) (Erronea)
537x onyx Vietnam. Large, heavy shells with a wide dorsal window. f+/f++
45-48
18
538x onyx f. draco China. Large, heavy shells fabulous colors. f+/f++
44-48
15
539x onyx f. usitata Philippines. Beautiful blue ringed. g
>40
5
12
orientalis raybaudii Lorenz 1992 (Zoila)
541 orientalis raybaudii S. Australia. Birdegg-spotted. Fresh dead, tips intact. gd
52,2*
100
541a orientalis raybaudii S. Australia. Blurred spotting. Minor growth lines. Not overly attractive and priced accordingly. f+
58,3*
300
541b orientalis raybaudii S. Australia. Nice pattern, inflated Kangaroo Is. form. gem
57,1*
600
oryzaeformis Lorenz & Sterba 1999 (Purpuradusta)
543 oryzaeformis Tahiti. Densely spotted. Live taken. gem
8,1*
95
544 oryzaeformis f. atomus Tuamotu. Typical nearly plain white, except for the spire and the extremities. Rare. gem
6,7*
75
544a oryzaeformis f. atomus Tuamotu. Very very very small. No wonder this distinctive form had been overlooked. gem
6,1*
225
ostergaardi (Dall 1921) (Naria)
545b ostergaardi Hawaii. Long dead shell with some pattern.
18,3*
150
ovum chrysostoma Schilder 1927 (Erronea)
546 ovum chrysostoma New Guinea. Very contrasting banding. gem-
25,6*
35
546a ovum chrysostoma New Guinea. Dark shell with distinct paler band encircling dorsum. gem
24,7*
50
546x ovum chrysostoma New Guinea. Callused, bright orange teeth. gem
>24
8
20
546xa ovum chrysostoma Solomons. Spectacular dark form. f++/gem
>24
15
35
ovum ovum (Gmelin 1791) (Erronea)
547 ovum ovum Bali, Indonesia. Dark, distinctly blotched shell. gem
31,8*
25
547x ovum ovum Philippines. Typical slender form. g
>28
5
12
547xa ovum ovum Philippines. Dark variation with brown callus and dense dorsal pattern. gem
27-31
15
ovum palauensis Sch. & Sch. 1938 (Erronea)
549 ovum palauensis Palau Is. Calloused, with beautifully framed dorsum. gem
27,9*
275
549a ovum palauensis Palau Is. Elongate form. gem
32,8*
275
owenii (J. E. Gray 1832) (Bistolida)
550 owenii Mauritius. Calloused dwarf form from deeper water. Never available live. See Cowries Vol. 2 pl. 217: 18. Very rare. gd
11,7*
50
551x owenii f. menkeana Mauritius. Very fresh beach. f
9-11
12
30
pallida insulicola Sch. & Sch. 1938 (Erronea)
552x pallida insulicola Singapore. Freshly collected. High gloss. f++/gem
26-27
45
pallida pallida (J. E. Gray 1824) (Erronea)
553x pallida pallida India. Selected quality. f++/gem
21-27
7
pallidula pallidula (Gaskoin 1849) (Blasicrura)
554x pallidula pallidula Philippines. Variable, I recommend a set. gem
17-22
5
12
pallidula rhinoceros (Souverbie 1865) (Blasicrura)
555x pallidula rhinoceros New Caledonia. Callused local form. f++/gem
19-24
10
25
pantherina Solander 1786 (Cypraea)
557 pantherina Dahlak Is. Eritrea. Set of 4 different patterns. gem
58-74*
20
557x pantherina Yemen. Typical smaller breed. f+/gem
56-80
5
12
560 pantherina f. funebralis Northern Red Sea. Black specimen of the large syringa form. Information on request. gem-
85,1*
POR
560x pantherina f. funebralis Eritrea. Reddish shells. f++/gem
54-61
30
561x pantherina f. syringa Egypt. Large and colorful gem
>80
25
60
pellisserpentis Lorenz 1999 (Cribrarula)
562 pellisserpentis Madagascar. Live taken, nice dense pattern. gem
18,0*
90
562a pellisserpentis Madagascar. Live taken, nice complete pattern. gem
19,0*
125
562x pellisserpentis Madagascar. Live taken, typical. f++/gem
18-21
75
562b pellisserpentis var. Madagascar. Deep water variation. Always crabbed (drillhole). Very rare. f+
24,2*
250
pellucens panamensis (Lorenz 2002) (Talostolida)
563 pellucens panamensis Panama. Calloused and quite large. gem
31,7*
85
563x pellucens panamensis Panama. Uncommon eastern subspecies. f+/gem
25-28
35
pellucens pellucens (Melvill 1888) (Talostolida)
566 pellucens pellucens W. Australia. Calloused, with large lateral spots. gem
32,7*
35
566x pellucens pellucens Philippines. Large, cylindrical form. Variable. gem
33-40
7
18
566xa pellucens pellucens Tanzania. Typical calloused shells. f++/gem
22-33
5
12
566xb pellucens pellucens Tanzania. Greenish overcast. gem
28-35
10
25
566xc pellucens pellucens Solomons. Variable local form, often unblotched. f++/gem
25-32
10
25
566xd pellucens pellucens Irian Jaya. Lighter, smaller cylindrical form. Usually confused with teres. f++/gem
23-29
10
25
567x pellucens pellucens f. alisonae Hawaii. Very variable in shape. Small specimens. gem
16-22
10
25
567xa pellucens pellucens f. alisonae Hawaii. Large, calloused. Often confused with latior. gem
31-34
35
567xc pellucens pellucens f. alisonae Hawaii. Golden subfossils. Full gloss. gem
18-29
25
569 pellucens pellucens f. natalensis Natal. Shallow water form, more calloused with large lateral spots. f++
27,7*
25
569a pellucens pellucens f. natalensis Natal. Shallow water form, more calloused with large lateral spots. Nice pattern. gem
27,4*
45
569b pellucens pellucens f. natalensis Natal. Deep water form. Regular stamp pattern. f++
27,7*
25
569c pellucens pellucens f. natalensis Natal. Deep water form. Mottled dark pattern. Strange shell. f++
30,0*
25
569x pellucens pellucens f. natalensis Natal. Deep water form. Ex pisce, f+/gem
21-30
45
570 pellucens pellucens f. polynesiana Marquesas. Inflated and calloused form. f++
33,0*
65
570a pellucens pellucens f. polynesiana Marquesas. Inflated and calloused form. Appears gem but has micro-scratches suggesting it was actually dead collected. Its fabulous pattern make it worthwhile, though. f+
29,1*
40
perlae Lopez & Chiang 1975 (Zoila)
571 perlae NW Australia. Very attractive pattern. Healed fishbite, not really affecting the beauty. f+
40,0*
750
571a perlae NW Australia. Dwarf, with a shallow dorsal sulcus. Not actually a defect imo. f++/gem
38,3*
1200
petitiana (Crosse 1872) (Zonaria)
573x petitiana Senegal. Classic specimens, gem
22-27
5
12
piae Lo. & Chiapponi 2005 (Bistolida)
575 piae St Brandon Shoal. Lovely gem
16,9*
POR
picta (J. E. Gray 1824) (Zonaria)
576 picta Cape Verde. Broad, larger shell. f++
27,3*
25
576x picta Cape Verde. Small slender form. f++/gem
20-23
15
piperita occidentalis Iredale 1935 (Notocypraea)
577 piperita occidentalis Ellensbrook, W. Australia. Possibly extinct western coast form. Nice gem
22,0*
28
577x piperita occidentalis W. Australia. Characteristic shells. f+/f++
18-23
25
577xa piperita occidentalis W. Australia. All-white form. f++/gem
18-21
25
piperita piperita (J. E. Gray 1825) (Notocypraea)
579 piperita piperita Victoria. Reticulated pattern. Large gem
24,7*
15
579b piperita piperita Victoria. Distinctly banded. Large gem
25,3*
15
579x piperita piperita S. Australia. Nice selected f++/gem
20-25
15
40
580 piperita piperita f. bicolor SW Australia. Exceptionally nice gem
23,2*
25
579a piperita var. S. Australia. Unique shell: dwarf, with brown blotched base. gem
18,8*
50
poraria (Linnaeus 1758) (Naria)
582x poraria Kwajalein Atoll. Pinkish shells. gem
12-17
10
582xa poraria Philippines. Callused gem
14-17
5
12
582xc poraria Tahiti. Dark purple gem. A set of these is a must
12-17
5
12
porteri porteri (Cate 1966) (Raybaudia)
584 porteri porteri Philippines. Illustrated in The Connoisseur of Seashells (1987) No. 14 p. 43 fig. 267
54,2*
650
584x porteri porteri Philippines. From my old stock. Faded, but without notable flaws and nice pattern. f++/gem
45-48
240
propinqua (Garrett 1879) (Lyncina)
585x propinqua Tahiti. Typical calloused. f+/gem
30-38
10
pulchella aliguayensis (Van Heesv. & Deprez 2002) (Ficadusta)
589 pulchella aliguayensis Philippines. Distinctly blotched, which is rare in this ssp. gem
33,3*
100
589x pulchella aliguayensis Philippines. Callused, gem
25-30
35
pulchella novaebritanniae (Schilder 1937) (Ficadusta)
590 pulchella novaebritanniae New Britain. Subfossil. Full nacre, very nice
33,6*
200
pulchella pericalles (Melvill & Standen 1904) (Ficadusta)
591x pulchella pericalles India. Typical callused form. f++/gem
31-38
8
20
pulchella pulchella (Swainson 1823) (Ficadusta)
592x pulchella pulchella China. Large and heavy, freshly collected shells. Really stunning. A set is highly recommended while the stock lasts. f+/gem
38-47
25
60
pulchra (J. E. Gray 1824) (Luria)
595 pulchra Oman. Browm colored variation. gem
37,2*
35
594 pulchra f. sinaiensis Egypt. Giant form. Flawless, absolutely gem
63,9*
1200
594a pulchra f. sinaiensis Israel. More inflated, humped. Irregular areas in dorsal nacre. f++
66,4*
550
595x pulchra pulchra Oman. Medium sized, with slight natural irregularities, very pretty though. f+/f++
38-43
12
pulicaria (Reeve 1846) (Notocypraea)
596x pulicaria Western form. Typical, variable specimens. f+/f++
16-19
5
10
596xa pulicaria Southern deep water form. Orange and large. f/f+
18-21
25
597x pulicaria f. candida SW Australia. Rare, white form. f+/f++
17-19
50
punctata berinii (Dautzenberg 1906) (Ransoniella)
598 punctata berinii Madagascar. The nominate form, which is more depressed, with sparser spots compared to the East African variation. Uncommon. gem
14,9*
15
598a punctata berinii Madagascar. Exceptionally nice. gem
15,6*
25
598x punctata berinii Tanzania. Everyones darling. gem
14-17
5
12
598xa punctata berinii Tanzania. Giants. gem
>18
15
punctata bridgesi Meyer & Lorenz 2017 (Ransoniella)
punctata conleyi Meyer & Lorenz 2017 (Ransoniella)
600 punctata conleyi Somalia. Northwestern subspecies. gem
11-14
25
punctata punctata (Linnaeus 1771) (Ransoniella)
601x punctata punctata Philippines. Typical gem
11-13
5
12
601xa punctata punctata Kwajalein Atoll. Smaller, rostrate shells, uncommon. gem
9-10
5
602x punctata punctata f. fusula Philippines. Rostrate form. gem
11-13
10
603x punctata punctata f. glandina Philippines. Calloused form. gem
11-13
10
604x punctata punctata f. iredalei Solomons. Callused posterior extremity. gem
9-11
5
punctata trizonata (Sowerby II 1870) (Ransoniella)
606x punctata trizonata Tahiti. Brownish, banded. Quite characteristic. Rare. gem
9-11
16
40
pyriformis angioyorum (Biraghi 1978) (Erronea)
607x pyriformis angioyorum India. Rare now, characteristic shells. f+/f++
24-27
80
pyriformis pyriformis (J. E. Gray 1824) (Erronea)
608 pyriformis pyriformis India. Inflated giant western variation, deeper water. f++
33,1*
35
608a pyriformis pyriformis India. Inflated giant western variation, deeper water. gem
33,2*
35
608x pyriformis pyriformis Andaman Sea. An inflated dwarf western variation, deeper water. f+/gem
21-23
10
608xa pyriformis pyriformis Philippines. Typical paler shells. f++/gem
21-29
5
12
609x pyriformis pyriformis f. carnicolor Queensland. Local form fromerly called smithi. f++/gem
23-34
15
40
pyriformis smithi (Sowerby III 1881) (Erronea)
610 pyriformis smithi Western Australia (endemic). Exceptionally nice. gem
27,0*
100
610x pyriformis smithi W. Australia. Distinctive western subspecies with coarser teeth and broad extremities. Formerly, this name was used for Queensland shells, which are now called carnicolor. Only a few f++/gem
23-34
75
pyrum insularum Schilder 1928 (Zonaria)
611 pyrum insularum Atlantic Spain. Distinct banding. More like the typical form. gem
31,8*
75
612 pyrum insularum f. nigromarginata Atlantic Spain. Distinctive cold water population with calloused base, dark spotted margins approaching petitiana conchologically. gem
32,5*
75
612b pyrum insularum f. nigromarginata Atlantic Spain. Very dark margins. gem
30,6*
90
quadrimaculata quadrimaculata (J. E. Gray 1824) (Eclogavena)
615x quadrimaculata quadrimaculata Philippines. Slender greenish beauties. gem
26-29
5
12
quadrimaculata thielei Sch. & Sch. 1938 (Eclogavena)
616 quadrimaculata thielei W. Australia. Inflated. Most specimens labeled so are actually the Queensland form of quadrimaculata and not this Western Australian subspecies, mainly due to my own error in the interpretation of the name - sorry to all. Uncommon. gem
18,2*
75
616a quadrimaculata thielei W. Australia. Calloused, with dense pattern. gem
19,3*
75
rabaulensis (Schilder 1964) (Erronea)
617 rabaulensis New Guinea. Mature gem
23,0*
75
rashleighana (Melvill 1888) (Talostolida)
619 rashleighana rashleighana Hawaii. Live taken, good size. gem
20,8*
450
619a rashleighana rashleighana Hawaii. Live taken. Attractive pattern. gem
20,8*
450
619x rashleighana rashleighana Hawaii. Representative dead specimens. gd
16-19
20
50
reevei (Sowerby II 1832) (Austrocypraea)
620 reevei SW Australia. Inflated shell with very dark stain at the tips, which extends across the labrum. gem-
36,0*
40
620x reevei SW Australia. Typical diver-collected, reasonable condition for this growthy species. f+/f++
25-34
15
40
620xa reevei SW Australia. Typical diver-collected, fresh dead but full loss, usually with a drill in the base. f/f+
25-34
5
12
621 reevei f. bishopi Ceduna area, S Australia. Yellowish, tips hardly tinted. Live taken but growthy above the labrum.fine
33,5*
300
622 reevei f. lorenzoi SW Australia. Taken by ROV, dead as usual. gd
26,2*
40
robertsi (Hidalgo 1906) (Pseudozonaria)
624a robertsi Mexico. Famous white framed variation (see Cowries pl. 325: 22, 23. gem
22,5*
100
624x robertsi Mexico. Typical callused gem
>21
5
12
624xa robertsi Panama. Giant beauties. Rare this large. gem
>25
10
25
624xb robertsi Panama. Cute dwarfs. f++/gem
17-18
10
25
rosea aliwalensis Lorenz 2002 (Leporicypraea)
625 rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Large and inflated. Lovely pattern, purplish base. gem
69,8*
110
625a rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Slender form. Wide dorsal window exposing first secondary pattern. gem
63,4*
80
625c rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Strange pattern. gem
64,0*
80
625e rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Dorsal line not exposed. The third shell of this kind I see, but by far the best! gem
70,2*
300
625x rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Smaller characteristic shells with very minor natural irregularities. f+/f++
56-59
50
rosea singularis Lorenz 2016 (Leporicypraea)
627 rosea singularis Northern Red Sea. Large and characteristic. Few blemishes in nacre, by far the best shell I have seen. f++
79,7*
POR
rosea ultraviola Lo. & Bridges 2014 (Leporicypraea)
628 rosea ultraviola Madagascar. Large selected gem
73,6*
55
628a rosea ultraviola Madagascar. Very fine pattern. Small natural irregularity on base. f++
69,0*
40
628b rosea ultraviola Madagascar. Amazing pattern. f++
72,1*
40
628x rosea ultraviola Madagascar. Slender brownish. Typical f+/f++
57-68
25
rosselli edingeri Raybaudi 1990 (Zoila)
631 rosselli edingeri f. satiata Pt. Quobba. Beautiful expanded margins, orange base, and brown collars. Minor irregularity well visible in picture. f++
54,1*
750
631a rosselli edingeri f. satiata Pt. Quobba. Orange base, and brown collars. Shallow growth line well visible in picture. f+
51,7*
550
631b rosselli edingeri f. satiata Pt. Quobba. Typical, beautiful shell with minor problems. f+
51,9*
500
rosselli latistoma Lorenz 2002 (Zoila)
632 rosselli latistoma SW. Australia. Large beauty. gem
58,3*
POR
632b rosselli latistoma SW. Australia. Large expanded shell with characteristic basal spotting. Small algae dot, barely visible .gem-
60,3*
POR
rosselli raywalkeri Lorenz 2013 (Zoila)
633 rosselli raywalkeri SW. Australia. Fresh dead, nice color and some gloss. Appears live taken. No chips or drills. f
50,4*
POR
633a rosselli raywalkeri SW. Australia. Live taken. Magnificent color. Healed chip on posterior side, tiny healed nick in dorsum. f++
46,5*
POR
rosselli rosselli Cotton 1948 (Zoila)
635a rosselli rosselli Yallingup. Typical form. Nice dorsal netting. gem
50,2*
225
635x rosselli rosselli Rottnest Is. Great looking selected specimens f+/f++
45-52
200
636 rosselli rosselli f. flamenco Cervantes. Nice mainland specimen of this variation with flaring margins, usually found in the Abrolhos. Broad, expanded margins. Tiny wrinkle in dorsum. gem-
51,2*
1100
636a rosselli rosselli f. flamenco Abrolhos. Young adult in which the flaring margins have not yet fully formed. Fantastic color contrasts. gem
52,1*
1650
rottnestensis rottnestensis Lorenz 2002 (Cribrarula)
638a rottnestensis rottnestensis SW Australia. f+. Illustrated in The Connoisseur of Seashells (1985) No. 6 p. 22 fig. 117
26,1*
50
638b rottnestensis rottnestensis SW Australia. Nice gem
30,1*
25
638c rottnestensis rottnestensis SW Australia. Large and dark. Slight growth line. f++
34,1*
25
638d rottnestensis rottnestensis SW Australia. Irregularity at spire, barely notable. Very dark. f++
33,4*
90
638f rottnestensis rottnestensis SW Australia. Calloused gem
29,3*
35
638x rottnestensis rottnestensis SW Australia. Nice live taken, with very minor defects. f++/gem-
29-31
20
45
rubiginosa (Gmelin 1791) (Bistolida)
639a rubiginosa Sri Lanka. Large, vividly blotched. gem
27,6*
100
639x rubiginosa India. Variable. f+/f++
19-24
20
sakuraii (Habe 1970) (Austrasiatica)
641 sakuraii Philippines. Calloused, with dark pattern. Healed attempted drill in side. f++
43,7*
475
641a sakuraii Philippines. Delicate pattern. gem
44,6*
525
sanguinolenta (Gmelin 1791) (Zonaria)
642 sanguinolenta Senegal. Typical smaller shells. f+/gem
18-22
15
saulae (Gaskoin 1843) (Palmadusta)
643x saulae Philippines. Very variable. gem
19-27
12
30
645x saulae f. nugata Broome, WA. Slender pyriform. f++
22
90
schilderorum (Iredale 1939) (Lyncina)
646x schilderorum Tahiti. only a few of these f+/f++
26-30
24
646xa schilderorum Hawaii. Slight natural defects. f+
26-30
15
scurra occidua Meyer & Lorenz 2017 (Mauritia)
648 scurra occidua Tanzania. Selected pattern. gem
41,7*
20
648x scurra occidua Tanzania. Nice quality. Variable size and pattern. gem
30-44
8
20
649xb scurra occidua Tanzania. Greenish overcast. gem
34-43
10
scurra scurra (Gmelin 1791) (Mauritia)
649x scurra scurra Kwajalein Atoll. Typical narrow. f++/gem
36-49
25
649xa scurra scurra Solomons. Typical narrow, heavy. f++/gem
36-49
15
651x scurra scurra f. mundula Tahiti. Formerly called vono. Narrow cylindrical dwarfs. Purple base. gem
30-35
15
semiplota (Mighels 1845) (Staphylaea)
652 semiplota Hawaii. Nice inflated. gem
13,5*
40
652a semiplota Hawaii. Large beauty. gem
21,6*
180
652b semiplota Hawaii. Typical slender, good size. gem
18,1*
50
652x semiplota Hawaii. Typical smaller f++/gem
11-14
25
653 semiplota f. annae Hawaii. Nearly round, lovely spotting and bright orange teeth. gem
15,8*
325
653a semiplota var. Hawaii. Exceptionally nice specimen of the extinct variation still showing faint pustules above the extremities. Very interesting shell. See Cowries Vol. 1 p. 226
20,6*
225
serrulifera Sch. & Sch. 1938 (Purpuradusta)
654 serrulifera Tahiti. The real thing. Live taken gem
8,4*
75
654a serrulifera Tahiti. Large for what it is. Live taken gem
9,9*
85
654x serrulifera Tuamotu. Paler local form. Selected f++/gem
7-10
35
777 sp. cf. teres Natal. Deep water. Uncertain ID. Unspotted margins, melanistic dorsum. Mysterious oddball, most probably in Talostolida. Unique. gem-
37,8*
800
spadicea (Swainson 1823) (Neobernaya)
655 spadicea California. White speckled dorsum. freak
43,5*
25
655x spadicea California. Larger shells. f+/f++
>49
12
655xa spadicea California. Variable beauties. gem
33-46
5
12
spurca sanctaehelenae (Schilder 1930) (Naria)
657 spurca sanctaehelenae Ascension. Large, beautifully spotted shell. gem
24,2
120
658 spurca sanctaehelenae f. bonapartei St Helena. Lovely giant. Fresh dead, full gloss, only a micro drill in base. f+
31,0*
180
658a spurca sanctaehelenae f. bonapartei St Helena. Very pretty pattern variation only found in this local form. Dead taken but full gloss. f+
28,3*
180
spurca verdensium (Melvill 1888) (Naria)
660 spurca verdensium Cape Verde Is., calloused, with a flat base. gem
26,9*
25
660a spurca verdensium Fuerteventura. Giant. gem
32,3*
45
660b spurca verdensium Fuerteventura. Fantastic pattern. Micro-drill in side not affecting this beauty. f++
25,6*
30
660x spurca verdensium La Palma. Nice pattern, very variable. gem
16-26
12
30
660xa spurca verdensium Cape Verde Is., Small variation. gem
16-18
15
staphylaea consobrina (Garrett 1879) (Staphylaea)
662 staphylaea consobrina Niau Atoll, Tuamotus. Golden subfossil. Dwarf. f
10,1*
10
662a staphylaea consobrina Queensland. Large local form. Solid and heavy.gem
20,1*
15
662x staphylaea consobrina Queensland. Callused inflated form. uncommon. gem
13-18
5
12
662xa staphylaea consobrina Vanuatu. Variable. gem
12-15
5
12
662xb staphylaea consobrina Tahiti. Very small dark shells. Probably an unnamed eastern subspecies. gem
10-11
20
staphylaea laevigata (Dautzenberg 1932) (Staphylaea)
663 staphylaea laevigata S Madagascar. Exceptionally nice specimen of the nominate form with smooth dorsum and rather wide aperture.
20,9*
30
663x staphylaea laevigata Madagscar. Very dark and attractive. A few. gem
20-24
10
25
664a staphylaea laevigata f. expallescens Pemba Is., Tanzania. Fine dorsal spotting, rostrate extremities. Dark yellow-brown dentition. Exceptional. gem
17,9*
30
664x staphylaea laevigata f. expallescens Pemba. Brownish and bluish specimens. gem
13-16
5
12
staphylaea nolani Lorenz 1989 (Staphylaea)
665 staphylaea nolani South Africa. Characteristic shortened teeth. Live taken. f++
20,3*
45
staphylaea staphylaea (Linnaeus 1758) (Staphylaea)
666 staphylaea staphylaea Philippines. Large, nearly smooth rostrated form. gem
21,6*
15
666x staphylaea staphylaea Philippines. Pale bluish-grey form. strong pustules. gem
12-16
5
12
stercoraria (Linnaeus 1758) (Trona)
669x stercoraria Senegal. Large, typical specimens. Brown dotted. Tips intact but some blisters here and there-they nearly always have these. f/f+
>56
12
670x stercoraria f. cameroonica Cameroon. Distinctive local dwarf population. f++/gem
29-38
8
20
671 stercoraria f. tumulosa Senegal. So called rattus-form, broader and humped. These always seem to have tiny defects. f+/f++
47-62
15
stolida crossei (Marie 1869) (Bistolida)
672 stolida crossei New Caleonia. Rostrated and melanistic. Chipped terminals. Still displays well. f
30,4*
50
672a stolida crossei New Caleonia. Rostrated and melanistic. Various minor issues. f
36,7*
75
672x stolida crossei New Caledonia. Large typical specimens. gem
30-33
55
stolida kwajaleinensis (Martin & Senders 1983) (Bistolida)
674 stolida kwajaleinensis Kwajalein. Dwarf with fresh colors. gem
17,8*
200
674x stolida kwajaleinensis Kwajalein. Smaller form. gem
20-22
135
stolida lorrainae Lorenz 2016 (Bistolida)
675b stolida lorrainae Queensland. Inflated southern form. Rare. Fresh dead
21,9*
25
stolida stolida (Linnaeus 1758) (Bistolida)
676a stolida stolida Okinawa. Small, dark shell. f++
22,8*
15
676x stolida stolida Philippines. Typical gem
24-30
8
20
678 stolida stolida f. dampieria Exmouth area, W Australia. Ex Raybaudi collection. gem-
25,4*
125
subcarnea (Beddome 1896) (Notocypraea)
679 subcarnea Tasmania. The real thing. Note sparse large marginal spots and big, inflated shell. Better than average beach, almost as good as live collected. Best I have. f
29,4*
520
679x subcarnea Tasmania. Fresh beach. Typical shells. gd
27-30
95
subteres (Weinkauff 1881) (Talostolida)
680x subteres Tuamotu. More delicate form. Representative dead
15-19
15
subviridis dorsalis Sch. & Sch. 1938 (Erronea)
681a subviridis dorsalis W. Austr. Subfossil form. Selected glossy shell
28,7*
40
681x subviridis dorsalis W. Austr. Selected specimens. gem
25-35
10
20
681xa subviridis dorsalis W. Austr. Cute dwarf population. Nice dark f++/gem
<24
10
subviridis subviridis (Reeve 1835) (Erronea)
682x subviridis subviridis Queensland. Typical mottled shells. gem
22-28
8
20
683x subviridis subviridis f. extranea New Caledonia. Distinctive endemic subspecies, newly recognized. f++/gem
22-34
15
40
684 subviridis subviridis f. vaticina Queensland, deep water (250 m!). Large and calloused population only known from subfossil shells.
35,6*
100
684a subviridis subviridis f. vaticina Queensland, deep water (120 m). Large, pyriform. Orange pattern. gem
37,7*
250
sulcidentata (J. E. Gray 1824) (Lyncina)
685 sulcidentata Hawaii. Large subfossil. Nice condition.
54,4*
80
685a sulcidentata Hawaii. Subadult. Interesting difference. gem
30,0*
10
685b sulcidentata Hawaii. Reasonable size, gem
40,9*
25
685x sulcidentata Hawaii. Selected f+/gem
30-40
15
40
surinamensis (Perry 1811) (Propustularia)
687 surinamensis Brazil. Calloused, expanded form. gem
27,2*
125
688 surinamensis f. aubryana Brazil. Large, rostrated shell with nodulose margins and rostrate extremities. gem
33,5*
650
taitae (Burgess 1993) (Cribrarula)
689 taitae West Samoa. The real thing. Good clear pattern. gem
12,3*
650
689a taitae West Samoa. Small bitemark. Nice representative. f+
13.2*
275
talpa lutani Bridges 2015 (Talparia)
690 talpa lutani Tuamotu. Calloused and characteristic. Dead taken as nearly all Tuamotu specimens. Small drill in side. f
55,5*
35
talpa talpa (Linnaeus 1758) (Talparia)
691 talpa talpa S Natal, South Africa. Large local variation. Some growth lines, no chips. f
96,8*
40
691a talpa talpa S Natal, South Africa. Large local variation. Unique inflated shell with produced extremities and differend shades of olive and brown along the margins. gem
79,9*
250
691x talpa talpa Tanzania. Selected f+/++
53-67
8
20
teramachii neocaledonica Lorenz 2002 (Nesiocypraea)
696 teramachii neocaledonica New Caledonia. Famous shell. Illustrated in The Connoisseur of Seashells (1987) No. 14 back cover and again in TC No. 23 p. 11 fig. 56b
61,3*
POR
696a teramachii neocaledonica New Caledonia. Exceptional shell with a narrow dorsal frame. gem
58,6*
POR
teramachii polyphemus Lorenz 2002 (Nesiocypraea)
697 teramachii polyphemus Philippines. Nearly patternless. Large. gem
62,3*
950
697a teramachii polyphemus Philippines. Nice discretely spotted shell displaying well the characteristic dorsal hairlines (see Cowries Vol. 1 p. 116: 13). gem
59,7*
1100
697b teramachii polyphemus Philippines. Reticulated pattern. Slight growth line. f++
56,6*
750
teres elatensis (Heiman & Mienis 2002) (Talostolida)
699 teres elatensis Egypt. Large, spectacular pattern. gem
44,0*
450
699a teres elatensis Egypt. Super special pattern forming longitudinal lines. gem
35,3*
350
699b teres elatensis Egypt. Very beautiful gem
40,1*
350
teres janae (Lorenz 2002) (Talostolida)
700x teres janae Tahiti. Distinctive. Calloused f++/gem
24-31
25
teres teres (Gmelin 1791) (Talostolida)
701 teres teres Tanzania. Slender, rather calloused. gem
32,5*
30
701x teres teres Okinawa. Slender, dark banded. gem
21-26
10
25
702x teres teres f. alveolus Philippines. Slender, with conspicuous banding. gem
22-37
10
25
tessellata tessellata (Swainson 1822) (Luria)
704a tessellata tessellata Hawaii. Typical smaller gem
28,7*
175
704b tessellata tessellata Hawaii. Dwarf. gem-
24,0*
175
704c tessellata tessellata Hawaii. Joining blotches. gem-
26,2*
175
704x tessellata tessellata Hawaii. Dead taken, orange. Quite good looking, actually. gd
22-38
10
25
704xa tessellata tessellata Hawaii. Live taken subadult. f/f+
30-32
25
testudinaria (Linnaeus 1758) (Chelycypraea)
706x testudinaria Tanzania. Inflated, with pointed tips. f++/gem
90-128
10
teulerei (Cazenavette 1846) (Barycypraea)
707 teulerei S Oman. Variation with narrow dorsal sulcus. gem
50,5*
50
707a teulerei S Oman. Extremely heavy brute. gem
54,1*
45
707x teulerei Oman. Variable, old stock type. f+/gem
38-45
5
12
thersites thersites (Gaskoin 1849) (Zoila)
709a thersites thersites S. Australia. Melanistic. gem
68,3*
220
709b thersites thersites S. Australia. Typical shell. Exceptional quality. gem
69,2*
75
709c thersites thersites S. Australia. Typical shell. Exceptional quality. gem
72,3*
75
709d thersites thersites S. Australia. Dwarf shell. Exceptional quality. gem
67,0*
75
709e thersites thersites S. Australia. Large trawled form. Not found in 30 years. gem
83,7*
150
709f thersites thersites S. Australia. Melanistic dwarf, orange base. gem
63,2*
425
709g thersites thersites S. Australia. Very dark. gem
74,5*
90
709h thersites thersites S. Australia. Very dark. gem
71,9*
90
709 thersites thersites f. atrata S. Australia. Melanistic. gem
69,0*
300
thomasi (Crosse 1865) (Naria)
712 thomasi Marquesas. Live taken beauty. gem
12,0*
650
712a thomasi Marquesas. Fully glossy dead taken, very pretty pattern. f++
11,1*
285
tigris pardalis Shaw 1795 (Cypraea)
719 tigris pardalis Philippines. Ugly heavy freak. gem
67,5*
10
tigris tigris Linnaeus 1758 (Cypraea)
721 tigris tigris Zanzibar. Heavily overcast, grey nacre obscuring the pattern dorsally. Circular brown ring at posterior. Very heavy. Tips and nacre exceptionally intact.
82,0*
45
721a tigris tigris Zanzibar. Heavily overcast and rostrated. Exceptional quality. f++
88,7*
200
721b tigris tigris Mauritius. Melanistic and slightly rostrate. gem
77,0*
200
turdus (Lamarck 1810) (Naria)
722x turdus Yemen. Somewhat smaller, very cute. Set recommended! f+/gem
20-29
5
12
725x turdus f. nivea Oman. Semi-albinistic. f+/f++
22-27
6
12
726x turdus f. winckworthi Oman. Typical big fat guys. f++/gem
36-42
10
25
ursellus ursellus (Gmelin 1791) (Bistolida)
728 ursellus ursellus Philippines, deep water. Very rostrate variation with fusing anterior columellar teeth. Rare. gem
13,3*
35
728a ursellus ursellus Sulawesi. Magnificent gem
16,2*
35
728x ursellus ursellus Philippines. Typical shells with distinct posterior ribs. gem
11-14
15
valentia (Perry 1811) (Leporicypraea)
729 valentia Philippines. Nice dark and heavy. Purple margins. gem
87,2*
275
729a valentia Philippines. Interesting markings. gem
86,2*
300
729x valentia Philippines. Nice typical specimens. gem
78-84
220
600
vasta Sch. & Sch. 1938 (Bistolida)
730 vasta South Africa. The broader nominate form. Ex pisce f+
19,9*
50
731 vasta f. vegeta W Madagascar. Contrasting banding. gem
17,4*
50
731x vasta f. vegeta W Madagascar. Selected bluish f++/gem
15-18
35
ventriculus ventriculus (Lamarck 1810) (Lyncina)
733x ventriculus ventriculus Tuamotu. Pretty specimens. f+/f++
42-48
25
733xa ventriculus ventriculus Philippines. Heavy beauties. f+/gem
56-58
25
70
venusta episema (Iredale 1939) (Zoila)
735 venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Exceptional quality. gem
65,9*
55
735a venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Exceptional quality. gem
66,8*
55
735b venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Exceptional quality. gem
64,2*
45
735c venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Exceptional quality. gem
67,2*
55
735d venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Exceptional quality. gem
67,7*
50
735e venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Exceptional quality. gem
62,4*
60
735f venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Exceptional quality. gem
66,3*
75
735g venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Brown base. Exceptional quality. gem
61,7*
60
735h venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Brown base. Exceptional quality. gem
63,7*
45
735k venusta episema SW Australia. Slightly distorted base. gem
60,1*
40
735m venusta episema SW Australia. Large elongate specimen of the Capel Beach form. Very rare nowadays. gem
71,1*
625
735n venusta episema Binningup, SW Australia. Large elongate, very mature specimen collected 40 years ago. Natural nacre irregularities. f+
78,4*
400
735p venusta episema SW Australia. Large elongate specimen of the Capel Beach form. Contrasting white base. Slightly irregular dorsum. f++
71,0*
200
735q venusta episema SW Australia. Super large! For expert Zoila collectors. Very minor natural nacre blemishes. Basically an exceptionally perfect shell for what it is. f++
83,8*
2000
738 venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. gem
52,4*
30
738c venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Striped pattern. gem
54,5*
40
738d venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Dark teeth. gem
51,1*
30
738e venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Dark teeth. gem
54,0*
30
738f venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Dark teeth. gem
57,9*
40
738g venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Large, intermediate to typical episema. gem
62,9*
75
venusta roseopunctata Raybaudi 1985 (Zoila)
741 venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Inflated, lovely spotting. gem
74,3*
620
741a venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Fabulous pattern. gem
67,7*
550
741b venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Special shell with orange lines. From Raybaudi collection. f++
68,9*
550
741c venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Small shell with typical bornw spotting. gem
66,5*
350
741d venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Beautiful blue halo. Beraly noticable growth line. f++
70,7*
180
741e venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Large, with contrasting pattern. gem
73,8*
400
741f venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Birdegg spotted, small inflated form. gem
68,6*
285
741g venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Birdegg spotted. f++
73,1*
100
741h venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Large, pink. Small chip in anterior. f+
80,4*
140
741j venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Small shell, nice spotting. gem
65,6*
140
741k venusta roseopunctata SW Australia. Starvation Bay form. Dwarf, orange. f++
62,9*
290
740 venusta roseopunctata roseoimmaculata SW Australia. Pure cream. Flawless gem
73,8*
650
740a venusta roseopunctata roseoimmaculata SW Australia. A few tiny dots only, pinkish color. Flawless gem
76,0*
650
venusta venusta (Sowerby II 1846) (Zoila)
742 venusta venusta Cervantes, from deeper water. Large and solid, discretely spotted. Malleate, irregular surface. No major flaws. Very rare. f+
76,7*
850
742a venusta venusta W Australia. This nominate form, often nicknamed thatcheri, is basically unavailable nowadays. Fantastic pattern, gem. Illustrated in The Connoisseur of Seashells (1985) No. 6 p. 47 fig. 517
66,9*
3200
742b venusta venusta W Australia. Large and very heavy. Typical orange pattern. Ex Raybaudi coll. gem
76,7*
1100
742c venusta venusta W Australia. Heavy and depressed. Very minor natural irregularities. gem-
66,5*
1400
violacincta (Lorenz 2002) (Talostolida)
743 violacincta Tahiti. Extraordinary wavy pattern. gem
20,4*
350
743a violacincta Tahiti. Large dead shell. gd
25,5*
50
vitellus (Linnaeus 1758) (Lyncina)
744x vitellus Philippines. Nominate Form, large selected! f++/gem
52-64
6
745 vitellus f. dama Natal, S Africa. Dredged from deeper water. Produced extremities. gem
49,4*
15
745a vitellus f. dama Natal, S Africa. Dredged from deeper water. High margins. Lonf teeth. gem-
51,7*
15
745b vitellus f. dama Natal, S Africa. Dredged from deeper water. Produced extremities. Lovely spotting. gem
49,9*
25
745c vitellus f. dama Tanzania, deep water. Inflated variation with longer teeth. f++
53,9*
30
745x vitellus f. dama Tanzania. Typical specimens. f++/gem
42-57
5
10
746 vitellus f. orcina Lord Howe Is., NSW. Callused and heavy form. f++
54,2*
45
746x vitellus f. orcina Moreton Bay. Callused and heavy form. f+/f++
43-54
25
747x vitellus f. polynesiae Tahiti. Large, quite heavy. gem-
60-65
25
volvens Fazzini & Bergonzoni 2004 (Cypraeovula)
748 volvens Port Alfred. Fantastic dark shell with black basal blotch. gem. Illustrated in Cowries Vol. 2 pl. 187: 22.
22,4*
POR
749 volvens Port Alfred. Nice paler mature specimen, characteristically dull labrum. gem
22,8*
1450
749a volvens Port Alfred. Interesting blotch. gem
20,9*
1450
749b volvens Port Alfred. Pale and rather boring. gem
21,5*
1200
749x volvens fakes Port Alfred. Dead taken shells painted in the Philippines. Great looking fakes.
21-23
75
vredenburgi Schilder 1927 (Erronea)
750 vredenburgi Java. Nice dense pattern forming dorsal line. gem
27,3*
25
750x vredenburgi Java. Fresh stock. Pretty shells. f++/gem
24-26
10
15
walkeri continens (Iredale 1935) (Contradusta)
751x walkeri continens Australia. Typical for this subspecies, contrasting banding and reduced freckles. f++/gem
20-23
24
walkeri walkeri (J. E. Gray 1832) (Contradusta)
752x walkeri walkeri Philippines. Typical orange based shells. gem
21-24
5
12
752xa walkeri walkeri Palawan. Dwarf local form. gem
15-17
12
30
753 walkeri walkeri f. viola Sulu Sea. Large, characteristic. gem
31,3*
25
753x walkeri walkeri f. viola Indonesia. Hard to get these days. Purplish base. f++/gem
24-26
10
25
xanthodon (J. E. Gray 1832) (Erronea)
754x xanthodon Queensland. Greenish mottled gem
22-26
5
12
zebra dissimilis (Schilder 1924) (Macrocypraea)
755 zebra dissimilis Brazil. Dark selected specimen. Always a bit growthy. f++
76,3*
35
755a zebra dissimilis Brazil. Dark selected specimen. Quite growthy, actually looks better than on photo. f+
84,1*
10
755b zebra dissimilis Brazil. Dark selected specimen. Anterior a bit rough, otherwise quite attractive. f+
85,6*
45
ziczac misella (Perry 1811) (Palmadusta)
757x ziczac misella Tanzania. Selected f++/gem
11-19
10
25
ziczac yzac Meyer & Lorenz 2017 (Palmadusta)
758x ziczac yzac Thailand. Distinctive subspecies with very fine lines. f+/f++
12-15
15
35
ziczac ziczac (Linnaeus 1758) (Palmadusta)
759x ziczac ziczac Philippines. A few of these pretty. A set is highly recommended as they vary considerably. gem
13-18
5
12
760x ziczac ziczac f. signata Solomons. Pale variety. Hard to get now. f+/gem
13-16
8
20
zonaria (Gmelin 1791) (Zonaria)
762x zonaria Senegal. Typical specimens. f+/gem
22-26
5
12
763x zonaria f. gambiensis Senegal. Paler and less densely mottled. Fresh stock! gem
23-26
12
A selection of Fossil Cowries - (some subfossil ones also)
801 Archicypraea prisca Cauroy les Hermonville, France, Thanetian, Paleocene. Nice condition. Great rarity.
34*
75
800 Bernaya angystoma Chaumont en Vexin, France, Lutetien (Eocene). Dorsum squashed, but good basal aspect. Very rare.
44,2*
75
803 Eocypraea sp. Chaumont en Vexin, France, Lutetien (Eocene). Excellent condition
19,6*
30
802 Eopustularia moloni Chaumont en Vexin, France, Lutetien (Eocene). Dorsum squashed, but good basal aspect. Representative
25,3*
20
802a Eopustularia moloni Chaumont en Vexin, France, Lutetien (Eocene). Dorsum squashed, but good overall aspect. Representative
23,5*
30
804 Praerosaria cf. renardi St. Aout, France. Miocene. Good complete shell, possibly an undescribed species
16,0*
35
595a pulchra var. Egypt. Pleistocene. Fully glossy beauty. Only two specimens like this known to me (see Cowries pl. 128: 12 shows the seond specimen)
49,0*
2000
805 tuberculosa (Gisortia) France, early Eocene. Complete shell, no repairs or reconstruction.
106,6*
1250
805a tuberculosa (Gisortia) France, early Eocene. Complete shell, small damage on side of dorsum, several cracks.
107,0*
600


Gallery view cowries A - D cowries E - M cowries N - Z and fossils Back