DescriptionCyprea shells or the more common name Cowry Shell are the most universally collected shells. They are prized for their colors, glossy surface and markings. There are approximately two hundred species. The most abundant are in the tropics.
Lyncina carneola, common name the Carnelian cowrie, is a species of sea snail, a cowry, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cypraeidae. These shells range from (1–3 inches) in length. Their shape is rounded, basic color pale orange-brown, with some transverse bands. Some shells have very little orange hue. A few of the shells have color and markings similar to Cyprea Teres. This species are found in the seas off Aldabra, Chagos, the Comores, the East Coast of South Africa, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, the Mascarene Basin, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Red Sea, Réunion, the Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania.
Asellus Cyprea Shell
CYPREA SHELL BISTRINOTATA
The Cyprea Bistrinotat is a Cowry shell. It is noted for its color and unusual markings
Like other Cowry species, the Cyprea Bistrinotata is active at night, prefers to live near coral reefs and is generally found across the Indo-Pacific region.
One Cyprea Bistrinotata shell 1/2 inch or less......$1.89
Description This a small solid elliptical shell with a covex base, often called the Honey Cowry. The teeth on each side well developed. There are darker brown colors between aperture teeth The color pattern is a lilac or pale blue. It has large brown spots intermixed with pale spots. The brilliant colors fade in time after capture.
HabitatLives in tropical waters between the Indian Ocean eastward to the northern shores of Australia/New Zealand. Some have been found in the Southern Japanese waters. The Helvola Cyprea shell, like other Cowries are nocturnal, living near coral and rocky sea floors.
One Cyprea Helvola shell 1/2 inch or less...... .70
One Isabela shell 1 inch or less...... .70
The Cyprea Mappa pink base
CYPREA MAPPA SHELL PINK BASED is found in the Indo-Pacific region from the Indian Ocean East to the North Australian/New Zealand shores.
One Cyprea Mappa pink base shell 2 6/8 or more incnes......$4.50
Cyprea Nucleus Shell
Cyprea shells have been popular among collectors and tourists for many years. They are popular due to the glossy outside shell, color and markings.
The basic shape of the Cowry shell varies little; but they differ in size, color and markings.
Habitat. The Cyprea Nucleus shells are active at night. They hide behind rocks deep in coral reefs. They range from the Indian Ocean east to the northern Australian shores.
One Cyprea Nucleus shell 1/2 inch or less......$3.50
CYPREA PALIDULLA SHELL
Range Indian Ocean to Northern Australian shores. Nocturnal (active at night) and feeds on algae. Prefers to hide in coral or rock crevices during the day.
Cyprea Palidulla are gastropods belonging to the Cowry family of shells.
One Cyprea Palidulla shells 1 inch or less ...... .35
Cyprea Poraria shell is in the family Cypraeidae. The Cowry family of shells is a small family of about 200 species. The Cypraeidae family is the most collected of all sea shells. They have a combination of form, texture and color which makes them so appealing to the collector. Most of the Cyprea species are found in tropical seas on or near reefs. Most live in the intertidal region hiding during the day and feeding at night. Cyprea, including the Bistrinotata species, feeds on algae, sponges, dead organic matter and other molluscs. The most distinguishing feature of the Cyprea (Cowry) is the ornamentation with various designs and coloration which camouflage the animal from predators. The Cowry retracts the mantle into the shell when disturbed. The mantle of the Cyprea Poraria is thick, muscular with unique coloration.
The listing picture. The picture captures the color and markings of the Poraria shell. The under side of the shell is flat and classic Cowry.
One Cyprea Poraria shells 1/2 inch or less...... .65
CYPREA STOLIDA SHELL
Description. Cyprea Stolida is a gastropod. It belongs to the Cowry shell family. This species is rare. It was collected live near Santa Roita Island of the Philippines. They are popular among collectors for their color and outer shell design.
Habitat. This particular species found near the Philippines. They range thoughout the Indo-Pacific region; from the Indian Ocean east to the Northern Australian/New Zealand shores. Like other Cowry shells they are nocturnal and feed on algae. The Cyprea Stolida prefers coral reefs or rock sea floors to hide during the day.
CYPREA TALPA SHELL
One Cyprea Talpa shell 1 7/8 to 3 inches...... .99
CYPREA TERES SHELLS
Description. Gastropod belonging to the Cowry family of shells. Noted for its color and top shell markings. This shell is fairly rare.
Habitat Like most other Cowry shells they are found in the Indo-Pacific region; ranging from the Eastern African Coast to the Northern Australian shores. The prefer coral reefs or rocky sea floors. The Cyprea Teres like other Cowry shells are nocturnal (active at night) feeding on algae.
One Cyprea Teres shell 1 inch or less......$2.45
CYPRAEA ARGUS LINNAEUS SHELL (COWRIES FAMILY)
The under side of the shell reveal its teeth. The teeth are long and thin, longest on the outer lip situated just above the apertures widest part
The cyprea Argus prefers coral reefs. They are mostly found across the Indo_Pacific region from the Indian Ocean east to the Northern shores of Australia/New Zealand.
One Cyprea Argus shell approximately 2 5/8 to 3 inches...... $4.90
CYPRAEA CRIBRARIA SHELL
The under side of the shell reveal its teeth. They can be seen in the listing picture.
The Cyprea Cribraria prefers coral reefs. They are mostly found across the Indo_Pacific region from the Indian Ocean east to the Northern shores of Australia/New Zealand.
One Cyprea Cribraria shell approximately 1/2 inch or less...... $4.20
CYPREA SAULAE SHELL
One Cyprea Saulae shell approximately 1/2 inch or less......$14
Cyprea Shell, Aurantium
One Cypraea Aurantium shell 2 7/8 to 3 1/4 inches...... $91
One Cypraea Aurantium shell 3 3/8 to 4 inches......$126
CYPRAEA MAURITIANA LINNAEUS SHELL
The Cyprea Mauritiana belongs to the Cowry shell family. It is often referred to as the Humpback Cowry.
This shell is thick, heavy and has a humped back
The Cyprea Mauritiana's color is cream, overlaid with dense brown. There are rounded often fused light colored spots. The margins, base and teeth are dark brown with lighter spaces between the teeth.
The Cyprea shell, Mauritiana lives in the Indo-Pacific region which is from the Indian Ocean east to the North shores of Australia and New zealand.
One Cyprea Mauritiana specimen shell 2 3/8 to 3 inches......$2.10
Shell type Gastropod. A Gastropod is a mollusk that produces a single shell. It belongs to the Cowry family of shells.
Cyprea shell shape varies little but there is wide differences in the size, color and pattern. The Cyprea Testudinaria is popular for its unique pattern.
Habitat This species is active at night, found in the Indo-Pacific region near coral reefs. They feed on algae.
One Cyprea Testudinaria shell 3 6/8 to 5 inches........$4.20
Cyprea Tarmus shell
CAURICA CYPREA SHELL
Description. The Caurica Cyprea Shell is a fairly common cowry, 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 mixture beige, tan and bands of cream. Like other cowry shells, this species prefers a nocturnal (active at night)life.
CYPREA ONYX SHELL
Description. The Cyprea Onyx is a common Indo-Pacific shell. They, as other species of its kind are nite creatures; living near rocky or coral reef areas.
One Cyprea Onyx Shell 3/4 to 1 3/4 inches...... .59
CYPREA EROSA SHELL
This species and its subspecies occur in the Indian Ocean along the coasts of Aldabra, Chagos, the Comores, the East Coast of South Africa, Kenya, Madagascar, the Mascarene Basin, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, the Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania, as well in the Western Pacific Ocean (Malaysia, Australia, Philippines, Polynesia and Hawaii).
Cyprea diluculum shell