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...updated: 07.09.2020 Open watch list

No. Species Data size set of 3watch
nanostraca Lorenz & Chiapponi 2005 (Bistolida)
521 nanostraca St Brandon. Endemic. Lovely live collectedspecimen of the yellow variation. gem
14,4*
850
521x nanostraca St Brandon. Beached, no pattern
14-17
15
40
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
12
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)
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
528c nucleus Hawaii. Rather calloused, nodules irregular. gem
23,7*
20
528x nucleus Philippines. Typical shiny. gem
19-24
5
12
528xa nucleus Kwajalein Atoll. Callused gem
15-18
5
12
528z nucleus Philippines. 10 pcs gem
19-24
20
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
530b nucleus f. madagascariensis Mauritius. Plain white young adult. Quite different looks. gem
19,5*
20
530x nucleus f. madagascariensis Zanzibar. Classic East African form. gem
18-24
5
12
530z nucleus f. madagascariensis Zanzibar. 10 pcs gem
18-24
30
531a nucleus f. sturanyi Egypt. Nice rostrate specimen. Fresh dead, glossy. f++
22,6*
30
531b nucleus f. sturanyi Egypt. Nice rostrate specimen. Exceptional condition. gem
22,4*
30
531x nucleus f. sturanyi Egypt. Fresh dead, yet nice and distinctive. f++
21-27
25
obvelata (Lamarck 1810) (Monetaria)
534x obvelata Tahiti. Typical, very calloused shells. Variable size and shape. gem
14-21
5
12
534xa obvelata Aitutaki, Cook Is. Large, often slender shells. gem
20-23
5
12
534z obvelata Tahiti. 50 pcs gem
14-21
75
535x obvelata f. perrieri Tuamotu. No orange ring. Uncommon. gem
13-18
15
ocellata (Linnaeus 1758) (Naria)
536b ocellata India. From deep water. Tantalizing pattern, quite freak
22,8*
50
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
536z ocellata India. 20 pcs gem
18-21
30
536 ocellata f. tuberculosa India. Mysterious bumps on dorsum. f++
25,3*
40
536a ocellata f. tuberculosa India. Mysterious bumps on dorsum. Distorted anterior. f+
27,1*
40
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)
541c orientalis raybaudii S. Australia. Densely spotted. gem
59,5*
600
p32 orientalis raybaudii S Australia. Birdegg-spotted, very large and inflated. Exceptional. gem
60,1*
900
oriettae Lo. & Massiglia 2005 (Umbilia)
542 oriettae Moreton Bay. Heavy shell. Small dimple on dorsum, a few mud inclusions between the teeth. Still close to gem
72,9*
POR
oryzaeformis Lorenz & Sterba 1999 (Purpuradusta)
543 oryzaeformis Tahiti. Densely spotted. Live taken. gem
8,1*
95
543a oryzaeformis Tahiti. Pale, live taken. gem
7,6*
45
544a oryzaeformis f. atomus Tuamotu. Very very very small. No wonder this distinctive form had been overlooked. gem
6,1*
175
ostergaardi (Dall 1921) (Naria)
545 ostergaardi Hawaii. Long dead shell with some pattern. Glossy. gd
17,8*
175
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
546b ovum chrysostoma New Guinea. Contrasting banding. gem
24,0*
8
546c ovum chrysostoma New Guinea. Freak dorsum, quite attractive. gem
24,7*
15
546e ovum chrysostoma New Guinea. Large and exceptionally pale form. gem
31,4*
15
546f ovum chrysostoma Solomons. Very calloused and depressed.gem
25,4*
15
546x ovum chrysostoma New Guinea. Calloused, bright orange teeth. gem
>24
8
20
546xa ovum chrysostoma Solomons. Spectacular dark form. f++/gem
>24
15
35
546z ovum chrysostoma New Guinea. 10 pcs f+/gem
>24
30
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. gem
>28
5
12
547xa ovum ovum Philippines. Dark variation with brown base 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. Glossy orange subfossil. Nice pattern. f+
15,9*
45
551 owenii f. menkeana Mauritius. Super dwarf. Fresh beach. f
8,5*
50
551b owenii f. menkeana Mauritius. Young adult. Nice banding. f+
8,9*
15
551x owenii f. menkeana Mauritius. 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
554z pallidula pallidula Philippines. 10 pcs gem
17-22
20
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 southern form. f+/gem
56-75
5
12
558 pantherina f. albonitens Eritrea. Whitish form. gem
66,4*
75
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 heavy. Larger spots. gem
74-83
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
566a pellucens pellucens Bali. Interesting pair, from ascertained locality. gem
20-21
20
566b pellucens pellucens South Queensland. Interesting local form resembling the South African natalensis. gem
31,0*
15
566e pellucens pellucens Kwajalein Atoll. Small, delicate form. f++/gem
18-22
10
25
566x pellucens pellucens Philippines. Large, cylindrical form. Variable. gem
33-40
5
12
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
566z pellucens pellucens Tanzania. 20 pcs f+/gem
33-40
30
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 Transkei. Shallow water form! Very rare in this condition. Dead taken, yet fully intact. Super large marginal spots. gem
28,2*
120
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
570b pellucens pellucens f. polynesiana Marquesas. Inflated and calloused form. Dark pattern. Small growth irregularity on dorsum. f++
28,3*
35
570c pellucens pellucens f. polynesiana Marquesas. Nice pattern. gem
26,0*
15
570d pellucens pellucens f. polynesiana Marquesas. Indistinct blotch. gem
26,7*
10
570e pellucens pellucens f. polynesiana Marquesas. Dwarf form. gem
18,5*
15
570f pellucens pellucens f. polynesiana Marquesas. Dwarf form. Lovely pattern. gem
17,5*
25
570g pellucens pellucens f. polynesiana Marquesas. Dwarf form. Lovely pattern. gem
16,0*
25
perlae Lopez & Chiang 1975 (Zoila)
571 perlae NW Australia. Attractive pattern. gem
42,8*
POR
571b perlae NW Australia. Delighful pattern. Very shallow growth line. f++
42,0*
1650
571c perlae NW Australia. Lightweight, extra nice pattern and orange teint. gem
44,5*
1800
571d perlae NW Australia. Good size, heavy. gem
46,0*
POR
571e perlae NW Australia. Sparsely spotted. Attractive small shell. gem
41,3*
POR
petilirostris Darragh 2002 (Umbilia)
petitiana (Crosse 1872) (Zonaria)
573x petitiana Senegal. Classic specimens, gem
22-27
8
20
574 petitiana f. pseudopyrum Senegal. Conchological transition to pyrum. Reddish callousities. Uncommon. f++/gem
23-25
75
piae Lorenz & Chiapponi 2005 (Bistolida)
575b piae St Brandon Shoal. Dark colored giant. Fresh dead, full pattern. f
19,7*
450
picta (J. E. Gray 1824) (Zonaria)
576 picta Cape Verde. Broad, larger shell. f++
27,3*
25
576b picta Cape Verde. Dark and large beauty. Contrasting pattern. gem
27,0*
40
576c picta Cape Verde. Dark and large beauty. Special pattern. gem
28,9*
75
576x picta Cape Verde. Small slender form. f++/gem
20-23
15
piperita occidentalis Iredale 1935 (Notocypraea)
577x piperita occidentalis W. Australia. Characteristic shells. f+/f++
18-23
25
577z piperita occidentalis W. Australia. 20 pcs fresh dead, shiny
18-23
40
piperita piperita (J. E. Gray 1825) (Notocypraea)
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
poraria (Linnaeus 1758) (Naria)
582 poraria Mauritius. Very rare from this area. gem
17,8*
25
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)
584a porteri porteri Philippines. Densely spotted beauty. Large and small spotting. Bluish marginal halo, clear dorsal line. Has a funny bump on the labrum (not a defect). gem
48,7*
380
584x porteri porteri Philippines. Without notable flaws and nice pattern. f++/gem
45-48
240
propinqua (Garrett 1879) (Lyncina)
585x propinqua Tuamotu. Typical calloused. f+/f++
30-38
15
585xa propinqua Hawaii. More slender. f+/f++
37-48
25
585 propinqua f. pinguis Marquesas. Beautiful dark, good condition for this usually flawed form. gem-
29,4*
45
585a propinqua f. pinguis Marquesas. Beautiful dark, good condition for this usually flawed form. gem-
28,9*
40
pseudoteres Lorenz & Barbier 1992 (Talostolida)
588 pseudoteres Lord Howe Is., NSW. Large, magnificent shell. Very rare. Micro-wrinkle in side, not affecting it imo. gem
18,7*
600
pulchella aliguayensis (Van Heesvelde & Deprez 2002) (Ficadusta)
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 type. 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. f+/gem
38-47
25
60
pulchra (J. E. Gray 1824) (Luria)
594a pulchra f. sinaiensis Israel. More inflated, humped. Irregular areas in dorsal nacre. f++
66,4*
550
594b pulchra f. sinaiensis Egypt. Growth line. Very pretty still, dark. f+
69,0*
200
594c pulchra f. sinaiensis Egypt. Minor growth irregularities. Rostrate extremities. f++
66,8*
200
593x 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, whitish form. Faintly, or not banded. f+/f++
17-19
35
punctata berinii (Dautzenberg 1906) (Ransoniella)
598x punctata berinii Tanzania. Everyones darling. gem
14-17
5
12
598xa punctata berinii Tanzania. Giants. gem
>18
15
598z punctata berinii Tanzania. 20 pcs gem
14-17
40
punctata bridgesi Meyer & Lorenz 2017 (Ransoniella)
punctata conleyi Meyer & Lorenz 2017 (Ransoniella)
600x punctata conleyi Somalia. Northwestern subspecies. gem
11-14
25
punctata punctata (Linnaeus 1771) (Ransoniella)
601 punctata punctata Bali. Long, orange teeth, no staining of the extremities. Interesting shell. gem
10,4*
20
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 Samoa. Callused posterior extremity. gem
9-11
15
punctata trizonata (Sowerby II 1870) (Ransoniella)
606x punctata trizonata Tahiti. Unstained teeth, faintly banded dorsum. gem
9-11
16
40
pyriformis angioyorum (Biraghi 1978) (Erronea)
607x pyriformis angioyorum India. Rare now, characteristic shells with natural defects. f+/f++
24-27
60
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)
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. f++/gem
23-34
75
pyrum insularum Schilder 1928 (Zonaria)
quadrimaculata quadrimaculata (J. E. Gray 1824) (Eclogavena)
615a quadrimaculata quadrimaculata Bali. Lovely pattern, local variation. Sold as pair. f++/gem
17-20
20
615x quadrimaculata quadrimaculata Philippines. Slender greenish beauties. gem
21-25
5
12
615xa quadrimaculata quadrimaculata Queensland. Paler form formerly mistake for thielei. gem
22-26
8
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
rabaulensis (Schilder 1964) (Erronea)
617 rabaulensis New Guinea. Mature gem
23,0*
75
rashleighana (Melvill 1888) (Talostolida)
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)
620a reevei SW Australia. Live taken. Conspicuous spire. gem-
38,4*
55
620b reevei SW Australia. Live taken. Inflated, beautifully malleate. This is the variation formerly known as macrosphaerica. Very rare. f++
42,1*
375
620c reevei SW Australia. Live taken. Inflated, beautifully malleate. gem-
33,7*
75
620d reevei SW Australia. Live taken. Inflated, beautifully malleate. Very heavy and calloused. Exceptional color and quality. gem-
39,8*
325
620e reevei SW Australia. Live taken. Inflated, very dark, beautifully malleate. This is the variation formerly known as macrosphaerica. Very rare. f++
40,8*
275
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
622 reevei f. lorenzoi SW Australia. Taken by ROV, dead as usual. gd
26,2*
40
robertsi (Hidalgo 1906) (Pseudozonaria)
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
624z robertsi Mexico. 20 pcs gem
>21
50
rosea aliwalensis Lorenz 2002 (Leporicypraea)
625a rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Slender form. Wide dorsal window exposing first secondary pattern. gem
63,4*
80
625b rosea aliwalensis South Africa. The second layer of secordary pattern is almost absent, displaying the first layer with repetitive stamp-pattern. Rare, for an expert of map-cowries. f
73,4*
75
625c rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Strange pattern. gem
64,0*
80
625d rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Lovely dark beauty. gem
71,1*
145
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
625f rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Interesting pattern. f++
64,7*
65
625h rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Aberrant pattern. f++
68,7*
50
625m rosea aliwalensis South Africa. Typical gem
64,1*
75
rosea rosea (J. E. Gray 1824) (Leporicypraea)
626c rosea rosea St Brandon. Dark pattern. gem-
58,0*
150
626d rosea rosea St Brandon. Geometric pattern. gem-
59,1*
175
626x rosea rosea St Brandon. Typical small, colorful specimens. Nice quality, very minor natural irregularities. f++
52-60
120
rosea singularis Lorenz 2016 (Leporicypraea)
627 rosea singularis Northern Red Sea. World record size. Information on request. f+
87,4*
POR
rosea ultraviola Lo. & Bridges 2014 (Leporicypraea)
628x rosea ultraviola Madagascar. Slender brownish. Typical f+/f++
57-68
25
rosselli edingeri Raybaudi 1990 (Zoila)
631a rosselli edingeri f. satiata Pt. Quobba. Orange base, and brown collars. Shallow growth line well visible in picture. f+
51,7*
400
631b rosselli edingeri f. satiata Pt. Quobba. Typical, beautiful shell with minor problems. f+
51,9*
500
631c rosselli edingeri f. satiata Pt. Quobba. Typical, beautiful shell with minor problems. Bargain. f+
49,3*
390
p24 rosselli edingeri f. satiata NW Australia. Lovely reticulated window. gem
52,6*
1100
p26 rosselli edingeri f. satiata NW Australia. Dark beauty. Very tiny dimple on side. gem-
54,3*
700
rosselli latistoma Lorenz 2002 (Zoila)
632 rosselli latistoma SW. Australia. Very large beauty. Micro-wrinkle in dorsum. Still graded gem
62,3*
POR
632a rosselli latistoma SW. Australia. Humped beauty with three dorsal windows and discernible basal spots. Tiny natural blister at labral flange. f++
47,3*
650
632b rosselli latistoma SW. Australia. Large expanded shell with characteristic basal spotting. Small algae dot, barely visible .gem-
60,3*
550
632c rosselli latistoma SW. Australia. Smaller eastern form. Wide dorsal window. gem-
50,3*
200
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
634 rosselli raywalkeri f. regularis SW. Australia. Typical shell. Chipped posterior and bitemark in dorsum. Representative but fairly average. f
48,2*
200
634a rosselli raywalkeri f. regularis SW. Australia. Heavy and quite large shell. Dorsum with small wrinkle, but quite nice for this rare deep water subspecies. f+
50,7*
650
634b rosselli raywalkeri f. regularis SW. Australia. A white growth irregularity makes this shell attractive. f+
51,2*
500
rosselli rosselli Cotton 1948 (Zoila)
635c rosselli rosselli Dorre Is., W Australia. From the northern end of the subspecies. From rather deep water (75 m). A young adult. Very attractive gem-
51,8*
1100
635x rosselli rosselli Rottnest Is. Great looking selected specimens f+/f++
45-52
200
p25 rosselli rosselli W Australia. Heavy, with expanded margins. gem
54,0*
POR
p27 rosselli rosselli W Australia. Heavy, with expanded margins. gem
56,1*
1400
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
636b rosselli rosselli f. flamenco Abrolhos. A perfectionists nightmare with several small problems. Still attractive. f-
56,0*
400
636c rosselli rosselli f. flamenco Abrolhos. Interesting specimen with wide margins and a paler frame bordering the dorsum labrally. Minor blisters on base and the usual dot on dorsum.
55,0*
500
rottnestensis rottnestensis Lorenz 2002 (Cribrarula)
638d rottnestensis rottnestensis SW Australia. Irregularity at spire, barely notable. Very dark. f++
33,4*
90
rubiginosa (Gmelin 1791) (Bistolida)
639a rubiginosa Sri Lanka. Large, vividly blotched. gem
27,6*
65
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
641b sakuraii Philippines. Large, nearly immaculate. Tiny bitemark on dorsum. f+
48,3*
185
sanguinolenta (Gmelin 1791) (Zonaria)
642a sanguinolenta Senegal. Large, exceptionally nice. Increasingly hard to get. gem
25,4*
35
642x sanguinolenta Senegal. Typical smaller shells. f+/gem
18-22
15
saulae (Gaskoin 1843) (Palmadusta)
643x saulae Philippines. Very variable. gem
19-27
8
20
643z saulae Philippines. 10 pcs gem
19-27
45
645x saulae f. crakei Broome, WA. Slender pyriform. f++
18-23
65
schilderorum (Iredale 1939) (Lyncina)
646 schilderorum Tahiti. Exceptional quality. gem
37,6*
35
646a schilderorum Tahiti. Subadult. Dissimilar to the final product. f+
37,6*
35
646x schilderorum Tahiti. Darker band framing dorsum. Quite attractive. Minor natural irregularities. f+/f++
26-30
8
20
646xa schilderorum Hawaii. High quality. Strongly calloused. f++/gem
27-32
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
648z scurra occidua Tanzania. 10 pcs f+/gem
30-44
30
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
30
serrulifera Sch. & Sch. 1938 (Purpuradusta)
654a serrulifera Tahiti. Large for what it is. Live taken gem
9,9*
85
654b serrulifera Marquesas. Large local variation. Supposedly dead taken, but with good gloss and full pattern. f++
10,9*
75
654x serrulifera Tuamotu. Paler local form. Selected f++/gem
7-10
35
spadicea (Swainson 1823) (Neobernaya)
655x spadicea California. Larger shells. f+/f++
>49
12
655xa spadicea California. Variable beauties. gem
33-46
5
12
655z spadicea California. 10 pcs gem
31-44
30
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
658b spurca sanctaehelenae f. bonapartei St Helena. Monster size and top quality. The best. gem
30,8*
450
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
660e spurca verdensium var. Sao Tome. Broad specimen of the local form. gem
19,7*
45
660f spurca verdensium var. Sao Tome. Very dark exceptional pattern. gem
16,6*
75
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
662b staphylaea consobrina S Queensland. Exceptionally nice gem
21,7*
15
662x staphylaea consobrina Queensland. Calloused inflated form. gem
13-18
5
12
662xa staphylaea consobrina Vanuatu. Variable. gem
12-15
5
12
662xb staphylaea consobrina Tahiti. Very small, globular shells. Probably a separable 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. Dark and quite large. Variable. gem
20-24
10
25
664x staphylaea laevigata f. expallescens Tanzania. Brownish and bluish specimens. gem
13-16
5
12
664z staphylaea laevigata f. expallescens Tanzania. 20 pcs f++/gem
13-16
30
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
666b staphylaea staphylaea Bali. Wonky pattern, smooth yet fully adult shell. gem
17,0*
5
666c staphylaea staphylaea Bali. Coarsely pustulose. Very pretty. gem
15,4*
25
666x staphylaea staphylaea Philippines. Pale bluish-grey form with fine, distinct pustules. gem
12-16
5
12
stercoraria (Linnaeus 1758) (Trona)
669 stercoraria Senegal. Dark red. Exceptionally nice. f++
64.6*
200
669x stercoraria Senegal. Large, typical specimens. Brown dotted. Tips intact but with minor flaws as usual. 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 Caledonia. Rostrated and melanistic. Chipped terminals. Still displays well. f
30,4*
50
672a stolida crossei New Caledonia. Rostrated and melanistic. Various minor issues. f
36,7*
75
672b stolida crossei New Caledonia. Beginning melanism. gem
32,3*
60
672c stolida crossei New Caledonia. Quite developed M & R, anterior broke off and was glued back. A representative show piece.
33,6*
50
672x stolida crossei New Caledonia. Large typical specimens. gem
30-33
45
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)
675a stolida lorrainae Queensland. Typical cylindrical shell. gem
21,5*
175
675c stolida lorrainae Queensland. Slightly freak. f
21,6*
25
stolida stolida (Linnaeus 1758) (Bistolida)
676a stolida stolida Philippines. Typical form. Very pretty specimen. gem
24,4*
20
676b stolida stolida Philippines. Breathtaking pattern. gem
24,6*
50
676c stolida stolida Philippines. Large and simply whow. gem
33,8*
100
676x stolida stolida Philippines. Typical form, quite variable. gem
24-30
8
20
676xa stolida stolida Okinawa. Cylindrical form with isolated blotches. Uncommon. f++/gem
23-26
20
677b stolida stolida f. aureliae S Palawan. Very pale. Bitemark on base. f++
24,0*
45
677x stolida stolida f. aureliae S Palawan. Distinctive local form or subspecies. Pale bluish background and isolated blotch. f++/gem
20-25
25
subcarnea (Beddome 1896) (Notocypraea)
679 subcarnea Tasmania. The real thing. Note sparse large marginal spots and big, inflated shell. Better than average beach. f
30,8*
275
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
681b subviridis dorsalis W. Austr. Nice blotched deep water specimen. gem
28,4*
25
681c subviridis dorsalis W. Austr. Dark blotched specimen from shallow water. gem-
28,7*
25
681x subviridis dorsalis W. Austr. Selected specimens. gem
25-35
5
12
681xa subviridis dorsalis W. Austr. Dwarf population. Nice dark f++/gem
<24
10
681z subviridis dorsalis W. Austr. 10 pcs f+/gem
25-35
20
subviridis subviridis (Reeve 1835) (Erronea)
682a subviridis subviridis Queensland. Large magnificent specimen. gem
32,9*
20
682b subviridis subviridis Queensland. Large, inflated. gem
35,1*
30
682c subviridis subviridis Queensland. Inflated, nicel mottled. Slight line above labrum. f++
33,9*
15
682x subviridis subviridis Queensland. Typical mottled shells. gem
22-28
8
20
683x subviridis subviridis f. extranea New Caledonia. Distinctive endemic population, newly recognized. f++/gem
22-34
45
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*
175
684c subviridis subviridis f. vaticina Queensland. Rather rostrate. gem
36,3*
120
684d subviridis subviridis f. vaticina Queensland. Very inflated. gem
36,4*
120
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
685x sulcidentata Hawaii. Selected f+/gem
28-35
15
40
685xb sulcidentata Hawaii. Large and humped. gem
36-40
25
surinamensis (Perry 1811) (Propustularia)
taitae (Burgess 1993) (Cribrarula)
689 taitae West Samoa. The real thing. Good clear pattern. gem
12,3*
285
689a taitae West Samoa. Small bitemark. Nice representative. f+
13.2*
150
talpa lutani Bridges 2015 (Talparia)
690b talpa lutani Tuamotu. Perfect dorsal view. Very slight erosion at posterior. Fresh dead. f++
51,3*
35
690d talpa lutani Tuamotu. Fresh dead (visible under magnification only). Has small spots along side. f++
56,5*
50
talpa talpa (Linnaeus 1758) (Talparia)
691x talpa talpa Tanzania. Selected, variable banding and size. I recommend a set! f+/gem
53-77
5
12
691xa talpa talpa Thailand. Dwarf local form. Selected f++/gem
40-45
8
20
691xb talpa talpa New Ireland. Small sized with variable banding. f++/gem
48-60
8
20
691z talpa talpa Tanzania. 10 pcs f++/gem
53-77
30
694 talpa talpa f. saturata Tanzania. Dark, broad dorsal bands. Nice color variation. Negligible imperfections. f++
75,7*
20
teramachii neocaledonica Lorenz 2002 (Nesiocypraea)
696a teramachii neocaledonica New Caledonia. Exceptional shell with a narrow dorsal frame. gem
58,6*
POR
teramachii polyphemus Lorenz 2002 (Nesiocypraea)
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
699c teres elatensis Egypt. Delicate smaller shell. Fresh dead. f++
25,0*
20
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
701a teres teres Bali. Small, dark local form. f++/gem
21-28
10
25
701d teres teres Mozambique. Amazing colors, slightly melanistic. gem
31,6*
45
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
701b teres teres var. S Queensland. Calloused and barely spotted sides, finely marbled dorsum. gem
27,0*
30
701c teres teres var. S Queensland. Incredible specimen with very regular pattern and darker stained extremities and a brown zone between labrum and dorsum. Unique. gem
44,0*
300
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+
21-30
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 Oman. Heavy and large, without black markings. gem
56,0*
30
707b teulerei Oman. Nice markings. gem
52,1*
40
707x teulerei Oman. Variable in density and shape of the pattern. f+/gem
38-45
5
12
707z teulerei Oman. 10 pcs f+/gem
38-45
25
thersites thersites (Gaskoin 1849) (Zoila)
709a thersites thersites S. Australia. Melanistic. gem
68,3*
220
709f thersites thersites S. Australia. Melanistic dwarf, orange base. gem
63,2*
425
709n thersites thersites S. Australia. Melanistic form. Small, with pretty pattern. gem
65,6*
180
709p thersites thersites S. Australia. Inflated shell with nice pattern. gem
73,5*
90
709q thersites thersites S. Australia. Small beauty with contrasting colors. Natural micro dimples in nacre. gem-
67,9*
90
709b thersites thersites var. S. Australia. Large Kangaroo Island form. Cream base and paler, spotted margins. Very rare. gem-
88,5*
450
thomasi (Crosse 1865) (Naria)
712 thomasi Marquesas. Tiny dorsal spots. Good size. gem
13,4*
625
712a thomasi Marquesas. Good size gem
13,4*
625
712b thomasi Marquesas. Tiny shell. Dead collected, but full gloss and nothing wrong with it. gem-
10,3*
245
tigris pardalis Shaw 1795 (Cypraea)
719 tigris pardalis Tahiti. Heavy, with blue dorsum. Small defect on side of anterior. f++
76,1*
25
719c tigris pardalis Southern Queensland. Large and heavy local form. Resembles Hawaiian shells. gem
101,4*
35
719d tigris pardalis Southern Queensland. Large and heavy local form. Resembles Hawaiian shells. gem
99,6*
20
719f tigris pardalis Irian Jaya. Beautiful heavy-shelled dwarf population. Extra lovely! gem
54,7*
45
719g tigris pardalis Irian Jaya. Beautiful heavy-shelled dwarf population, gem
57,7*
8
719h tigris pardalis Irian Jaya. Beautiful heavy-shelled dwarf population, natural dullness. Lovely shell. gem
51,1*
20
719k tigris pardalis Irian Jaya. Beautiful heavy-shelled dwarf population. Maltese cross dorsal line. gem
48,5*
30
tigris schilderiana Cate 1961 (Cypraea)
720 tigris schilderiana Hawaii. Beautiful dark gem
114,9*
150
tigris tigris Linnaeus 1758 (Cypraea)
721 tigris tigris Maldives. Beautifully spotted gem
90,9*
25
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
715b tigris tigris f. hinnulea Mauritius. Beautiful eye of the hurricane pattern. gem
74,2*
50
715c tigris tigris f. hinnulea Tanzania. Intermediate to the chionia form. gem
79,8*
30
turdus (Lamarck 1810) (Naria)
722x turdus Yemen. Somewhat smaller, very cute. Set recommended! f+/gem
20-29
5
12
725x turdus f. nivea Dahlak. Semi-albinistic. f+/f++
22-27
6
12
726x turdus f. winckworthi Oman. Typical big fat guys. f++/gem
36-42
10
25
ursellus jomi Meyer & Lorenz 2017 (Bistolida)
727x ursellus jomi Sri Lanka. Extremely hard to find. Very worn, barely recognizable.
10-14
10
ursellus ursellus (Gmelin 1791) (Bistolida)
728 ursellus ursellus Philippines, deep water. Very rostrate variation with fusing anterior columellar teeth. Rare. gem
13,3*
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
729x valentia Philippines. Nice typical specimens. gem
78-84
220
vasta Sch. & Sch. 1938 (Bistolida)
730 vasta South Africa. The broader nominate form. Ex pisce f+
19,9*
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. Small variation formerly called topee. f+/f++
42-48
25
733xa ventriculus ventriculus Philippines. Heavy beauties. f+/gem
50-54
25
70
venusta bakeri (Gatliff 1916) (Zoila)
734 venusta bakeri Sw Australia, deep water. Plain white. Very heavy. A magnificent specimen, probably the best of its kind. Negligible natural irregularities. f++
67,7*
POR
venusta episema (Iredale 1939) (Zoila)
735 venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Exceptional quality. gem
65,9*
45
735b venusta episema SW Australia. Orange, pale brown spotted. A rare color form. f++
72,3*
POR
735c venusta episema SW Australia. Monster sized. Very minor natural irregularities in the nacre, visible as white dots. Extremely rare. f+
82,3*
600
735e venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Exceptional quality. gem
62,4*
125
735f venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Exceptional quality. gem
66,3*
75
735h venusta episema SW Australia. Large black mottled. Brown base. Exceptional quality. gem
63,7*
40
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
735r venusta episema SW Australia. Large elongate specimen of the Capel Beach form. Incredible quality for this mostly rough type-micro inclusions in dorsal nacre reveal it has not been touched. gem
78,2*
650
738 venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. gem
52,4*
30
738c venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Striped pattern. gem
54,5*
40
738f venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Dark, nice pattern. gem
55,0*
40
738g venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Very dark gem
57,5*
65
738x venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Selected dark fresh specimens without defects but slight natural irregularities not affecting the quality. gem-/gem
51-59
28
80
p46 venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Very nice color pattern. gem
57,7*
125
p47 venusta episema f. sorrentensis SW Australia. Patches of blue. Natural dimples in nacre. gem
57,1*
35
p50 venusta episema roseopunctata SW Australia. Small, inflated with discrete pattern. Growth line. f+
67,1*
120
p51 venusta episema roseopunctata SW Australia. Nice pattern! Shallow growth line on side. f++
69,3*
175
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 super nice, contrasting pattern. gem
74,5*
550
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*
850
740b venusta roseopunctata roseoimmaculata SW Australia. Shallow growth line. Nice orange tips, yellow base. f++
73,8*
600
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
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*
35
743b violacincta Tahiti. Live taken smaller specimen. gem
16,1*
75
vitellus (Linnaeus 1758) (Lyncina)
744 vitellus New Ireland, PNG. Slender-shelled, from ascertained location. gem
52,5*
10
744a vitellus Philippines. Super pattern! gem
65,6*
15
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 marginal iridescence. Lovely spotting. gem-
49,7*
18
745c vitellus f. dama Tanzania, deep water. Inflated variation with longer teeth. f++
53,9*
30
745e vitellus f. dama Natal, S Africa. Dredged from deeper water. Massive shell with high margins. Really special. gem
59,6*
50
745x vitellus f. dama Tanzania. Typical specimens. f++/gem
42-57
5
10
745z vitellus f. dama Tanzania. 20 pcs f+/gem
42-57
30
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. Small globular, lightweight. gem
19,1*
650
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. Nice quality for this often scratched or eroded shell-type. f++/gem
24-26
10
25
walkeri continens (Iredale 1935) (Contradusta)
751 walkeri continens Queensland. Trawled from deeper water. gem
26,0*
20
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
752z walkeri walkeri Philippines. 10 pcs gem
21-24
30
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)
754 xanthodon S Queensland. Calloused southern form. Very rare in good condition. gem
23,5*
40
754a xanthodon S Queensland. Depressed and calloused. gem
22,3*
40
754b xanthodon S Queensland. Depressed, with strongly calloused extremities. Quite exceptional, does not really look like this species. gem
19,3*
100
754c xanthodon S Queensland. Absolutely fantastic giant. The best specimen I have seen of this often growthy species. gem
33,8*
250
754d xanthodon S Queensland. Beautifully spotted and calloused. gem
27,0*
75
754x xanthodon Queensland. Greenish mottled gem
22-28
5
12
754z xanthodon Queensland. 20 pcs f+/gem
22-28
40
zebra dissimilis (Schilder 1924) (Macrocypraea)
zebra zebra (Linnaeus 1758) (Macrocypraea)
756x zebra zebra Florida. Typical northern specimens. Nice quality. gem
66-78
25
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)
759 ziczac ziczac Philippines. Delightful pattern. gem
19,1*
20
759a ziczac ziczac Bali. Distinct pattern. gem
15,8*
15
759b ziczac ziczac Bali. Distinct pattern. gem
15,1*
10
759x ziczac ziczac Philippines. A set is highly recommended as they vary considerably. gem
13-18
5
12
760 ziczac ziczac f. signata Solomons. Freshly collected. Pretty pattern. gem
16,8*
15
760x ziczac ziczac f. signata Solomons. Pale variety. Hard to get now. f+/gem
13-16
8
20
761 ziczac ziczac f. vittata Tahiti. Very rare, not found recently. gem
12,9*
125
761a ziczac ziczac f. vittata Tahiti. Distinctive eastern form. gem
11,5*
125
zonaria (Gmelin 1791) (Zonaria)
762x zonaria Senegal. Typical specimens. f+/gem
22-26
5
12
762xa zonaria Cameroon. Dark specimens, fabulous colors. gem
23-27
8
763x zonaria f. gambiensis Senegal. Paler and less densely mottled. gem
23-26
12
A selection of Fossil Cowries - (some subfossil ones also)
824 amae (Austrocypraea) Roe Plains, Australia (Pliocene). Needs further cleaning. Comes with two further specimens
25-33*
20
821 angustior (Umbilia) Tasmania (Miocene). No reconstruction, only the anterior flange needs work. Delicate and intact posterior.
56,1*
250
846 annularia (Zonaria) Hungary (Miocene). Slight erosion at anterior
24,3*
15
827 apiceproducta (Zonaria) Hungary (Miocene). Compete shell
37,5*
45
800 Bernaya angystoma Chaumont en Vexin, France, Lutetien (Eocene). Dorsum squashed, but good basal aspect. Very rare.
41,0*
60
800a Bernaya angystoma Chaumont en Vexin, France, Lutetien (Eocene). Sides a bit squashed. Spectacular specimen
38,4*
250
815 cf. eburnina (Zonaria) France (Miocene). Small species usually called brocchi.
18,8*
20
810 contusa (Austrocypraea) Victoria, Miocene. Complete shell. Quite nice
24,5*
30
810a contusa (Austrocypraea) Victoria, Miocene. Set of nine shells with issues
20
851 contusa (Austrocypraea) Victoria (Miocene). Large shell, nearly sphaerical. ID not quite certain.
33,8*
50
818 distinguenda (Proadusta) France (Oligocene). Some erosion
22,4*
25
817a dujardini (Schilderia) France (Miocene). Micro perforations
31,8*
15
807x elegantior (Notoluponia) Victoria, Miocene. Complete shells. Variable
13-18
10
25
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
832 excavata (Zonarina) Hungary (Miocene). Broken columella. Rare
29,9*
35
833 eximia (Umbilia) Victoria (Miocene). Heavily reconstructed anterior third. May serve as showpiece, but not as "scientific specimen"
97,2*
200
832a extcavata (Zonarina) Hungary (Miocene). Chipped anterior
28,2*
15
847 extcavata (Zonarina) Hungary (Miocene). Crack in dorsum. Interesting shape
29,1*
15
826 extusdentata (Zonaria) Hungary (Miocene). Compete shell, crack in columella
22,6*
20
823 flavicula (Schilderia) Italy (Pliocene). Can be cleaned up further
27-33
15
40
823a flavicula (Schilderia) Italy (Pliocene). Nice selected quality, different locality. Traces of pattern.
28-29
15
828 garonetti (Schilderia) Italy (Pliocene). Complete shells
27-33
35
819 grandis (Miolyncina) Hungary (Miocene). Nice dorsal aspect. Some erosion to the teeth.
55,6*
200
819a grandis (Miolyncina) Hungary (Miocene). Could be cleaned up further
57,8*
150
804 Praerosaria cf. renardi St. Martin d'Oney, France. Miocene. Good complete shell, possibly an undescribed species
16,0*
35
804a Praerosaria cf. renardi St. Martin d'Oney, France. Miocene. Good complete shell, possibly an undescribed species
15,8*
35
814x Praerosaria renardi St. Martin d'Oney, France. Miocene. Characteristic specimens, traces of lateral spotting. Slight erosion as usual
13-17
15
40
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*
POR
812x pyrulata (Notoluponia) Victoria, Miocene. Complete shells, variable.
14-18
10
25
808 scalena (Austrocypraea) Victoria, Miocene. Complete shell.
22,6*
40
825 semidenticulata (Schilderia) Hungary (Miocene). Compete shell, some erosion on base
24,8*
20
806 Siphocypraea problematica Sarasota, Florida. Full gloss, really spectacular. Such life-like specimens have not been collected in recent decades. From a famous collection. A rare opportunity
58,9*
600
813 sp. (?) Victoria, Miocene. Not sure what this was
29,1*
25
809 sp. (Mixed) Victoria, Miocene. A dozen shells with issues. For study and display.
20
816 sp. (Proadusta) France (Miocene). Similar to distorta.
20,2*
25
842 sp. (Proadusta) France (Oligocene). Some erosion
19,9*
10
822 sp. (Schilderia) France (Miocene). No erosion
30,7*
40
830 sp. (Schilderia) Hungary (Miocene). Slight erosion on base
33,2*
30
840 sp. (Schilderia) France (Miocene). No erosion
23,7*
45
837 sp. 1 (Zonarina) France (Miocene). Pretty strong erosion
28,6*
25
838 sp. 2 (Zonarina) France (Miocene). Slight erosion
31,4*
50
843 sp. 2 (Zonarina) France (Miocene). Little erosion. Interesting dentition
24,2*
40
839 sp. 3 (Zonarina) France (Miocene). Little erosion
27,6*
50
849 sp. 4 (Zonarina) Hungary (Miocene). Strange shell that looks like a mix of several species
29,4*
20
841 splendens (Proadusta) France (Oligocene). Some erosion
24,4*
15
831a transsylvanica (Schilderia) Hungary (Miocene). Nice condition. Locally known as nikolsburgensis
21,9*
25
845 transsylvanica (Schilderia) Hungary (Miocene). Nice condition. Locally known as nikolsburgensis
29,7*
30
848 transsylvanica (Schilderia) Hungary (Miocene). Reasonable condition, some cracks
27,8*
15
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


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