TIGER COWRY SHELL
Description. scientific name is Cypraea tigris Linnaeus, Family is Cypraeidae. It is a large heavy shell with a flat or concave base. The teeth on outer lip are broad and short, while the opposite teeth are thin and longer. The exception are the four lowest teeth, which are larger and shorter. The color pattern is set against a white background color, occurring in two layers. The underlying layer is bluish gray, the upper layer is reddish to dark brown. These patterns on both layers have numerous spots and blobs. The spots of the upper layer often is surrounded by a yellowish orange color. There have been on rare occasions an all black shell discovered. These shells are gastropods (mollusk that creates a single shell)and are fairly common in the Indo-Pacific region. These species are nocturnal. Hidden in the coral reefs during the day and out feeding at night primarily on algae.
One Tiger Cowries shell 1 6/8 or more inches..... .75
One Tiger Cowrie shell 2 6/8 or more inches..... $1.10
EGG COWRY SHELLS
Habitat. Egg Cowries prefer spongy soft bodied coral; abundantly found from the East African coast to Southern Japan and south the to Northern shores of Australia and New Zealand.
One Egg Cowry Shell 1 6/8 or more inches...... .85
TIGER COWRY PURPLE TOP
Cypraea Tigris - commonly know as the Tiger Cowry. It feeds on polyps on coral reefs. It is most commonly found under the coral rocks in the Indo-Pacific region and also around the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The exterior of the shell is smooth and polished because of the covering that the animal has, called a mantle, that wraps around the entire shell. Some cultures see cowry shells as a symbol of fertility and are often offered to a bride as a gift to ensure fertility. The outer shell is brown and black spotted, similar to a tiger, but the purple resides in a lower layer. To reach the purple of the shell, they are dipped into an acidic formula. Tiger cowries are also used in carvings like cameos due to this uniform color under the patterned shell.
One purple Top Cowry 2 6/8 or more...... $1.39
TIGER COWRIE SHELL PURPLE TOP
Cypraea Tigris - commonly called the Tiger Cowry.
One Purple Top Tiger Cowrie shell 1 1/4 inch or less...... .21
SMALL PURPLE TOP COWRIE
One Small Purple Top Cowrie shell 7/8 inch or less...... .12
Description The Deer Cowry is a solid, ovate or elliptical shell with a slightly covex base, that has a little bumpy margin. Its teeth are not long but thick. The Deer Cowry shell is mostly found in the Tropical Indo-Pacific region. An area stretching from the Eastern African coast East to Northern Australian/New Zealand shore. Deer Cowries like to Hyde by day under coral slabs and become active at night feeding on algae. The color of the shell is creamy brown, with wide bands of darker brown, overlaid with porcelain like spots. Its margin has faded stripes and the teeth and base are white with a hint of beige.
Scientific name Cypraea Ventellus (Linnaeus)
One Deer Cowry Shells 7/8 inches or more...... .15
WART COWRIE SHELL
Description. The Wart Cowrie Shell is found in the Indo-Pacific Tropical region; primarily around the Indonesian Islands, near and around reefs. They are popular for craft use, tank decorating and with collectors. The shell is a creamy white with purple highlights around each shell end. Like other cowry shells, this species prefers a nocturnal (active at night)life.
Listing Picture. The picture shows the creamy white body of the Wart Cowrie and its purple tinted ends.
One Wart Cowries Shell 1 inch or less...... .29
LYNX COWRIE SHELL
One Lynx Cowry shell 3/4 inches or more ...... .15
One Lynx Cowry shell 6/8 or more inches...... .19
SNAKE HEAD COWRY SNAIL
Description. Scientific name: Cypraea Caputserpentis.
Distribution. Indo-Pacific from eastern African Coast to and including the Hawaii coasts. The Hawaii name is leho-kupa. It is the most common species in the Hawaiian island chain. The Snake Head Cowrie, like other of its species prefers the nocturnal life. It is commonly found under loose rock or along shorelines and seawall cracks. Some have been found feeding on algae or seaweed using its file-like radula. The Snake Head is rarely found in water deeper than 10 feet
The Snake Head Cowrie is oval shaped, with a raised central area. Its top is brown, with spots of white. A white line or mantle line runs from front to back along the shell top. The base of the shell is dark brown. The shell is covered by a shiney mantpictule. The mantle is olive brown with irregular spots or flecks of yellow, green, or white and is covered with frilly, branched extensions called papillae.
Cowries, like most other snails, have: a well-developed head with eyes and tentacles and a mouth; a broad muscular foot for crawling; and a soft body mass (containing the internal organs) which is protected by their shell.
One Snake Head Cowrie shell to 1 inch or less...... .24
RING TOP COWRIE SHELLS
Description. Ring top Cowries are common in the Indo-Pacific region. Ringtops are unique with their markings and like other cowry shells have been used for thousands of years by islanders for various type of decorations and rituals.
One Ring top Cowry shell 3/4 inch or less...... .03
One Money Cowry Shell 3/4 inch or less...... .04
The White Cowrie is common in the Indo-Pacific region. It is a shallow water species found among reef and rocky shores.
One White Cowries 1 inch or less...... .15