CYPRAEIDAE (Cowries)

OVULIDAE,TRIVIIDAE(Allied Cowries)

 

Cypraea broderipii

This family is the most popular of all marine gastropods. The stunning pattern/color range and glossy polish of these shells has entranced man for thousands of years. There are numerous prized specimens from this family, some fetching thousands of dollars. Cypraea aurantium (Golden Cowrie), has always been a sought after specimen for any collection although it is now more common with specimens like broderipi and some of the Western Australian and Southern Australian species assuming the mantle of most prized. They range in size from 5mm to 129mm and live in tropical to temperate waters in the intertidal zone, on coral reefs, or the ocean depths (200mts) The Family comprises approximately 200 species and is a very special part of any collection.

 

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RARE SPECIES

Cyp fultoni - 73mm, F+++, $1,800

HARD TO GET NOW!!! sold

Cyp broderipii - 88mm, F++(mark on dorsum), $2,600 sold

BIG BEAUTY!!!

Cyp. boucheti - 20mm, Gem, $420

Beaut Dark Specimen sold

JUST ARRIVED

Cyp. boucheti - 17.9mm, Gem, $450

TWO RARE BEAUTIES!!!

DARK PATTERN!!!

Cyp. boucheti - 20.3mm, Gem, $480

BIG - A BEAUTY!!!

 

Cyp. musumea lacrimula - 17.7mm, Gem, $480

 

VERY RARE SPECIES!!! sold

Cyp. barbieri - 11.7mm, Gem, Tahiti. $1,300 sold

STUNNING BIG SPECIMEN!!!

Cyp. musumea - 14mm, Gem, Taiwan. $420 sold

LITTLE BEAUTY!!!

Cyp. nigropunctata - 30.6mm, F+++, Galapagos. $320

This species almost impossible to get now.

Cyp. nigropunctata - 27.6mm, F+++, Galapagos. $220

This quality is exceptional.

Cyp. surinamensis - 26mm, Gem, Venezuela, $220 sold

Cyp. pyrum nigromarginata - 31.3mm, Gem, Spain, $90 sold

NEW SPECIES!!!

Cyp. surinamensis - 26mm, Gem, Brazil, $250

Cyp. surinamensis - 27.8mm, Gem, Brazil, $280

BIG BEAUTY!!!

Cyp. leucodon - 73.9mm, F+++, Philippines,

QUALITY SPECIMENS VERY RARE!!!

$2,200 sold

BIG SPOTTED FORM!!!

Cyp. porteri - 48mm, Gem-, $850

QUALTY SPECIMENS HARD TO GET NOW!!!

Cyp. porteri - 48.7mm, Gem, $650 sold

 

Cyp leucodon - 85.2mm, F+++, $1,350

sold

BEAUT SPECIMEN!!

GEM PRICE $2,300+

Cyp sakurai - 41mm, Gem, $950

VERY RARE NOW - A BEAUTY!!!

Cyp langfordi ssp. - 39.6mm, Gem, $980

New ssp. from Indonesia.

NEW SUB SPECIES!!!

 

Cyp stolida salaryensis - 27.5mm, Gem, Madagascar, $400 sold

A BEAUTY!!!

 

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Ovulid hirohito

 

Ovulid septemaculata

 

 

Cyp. valentia - 84.5mm, Gem-, Philippines. $650 sold

BIG BEAUTY!!!

#S979 Cyp. valentia - 96.7mm, F+++, Philippines. $540

MONSTER SPECIMEN!!!

Cyp. testudinaria - 120.5mm, Gem, Philippines. $15 sold

This species, because it is common, is not really appreciated. The color and pattern in this species is magnificent.

BIG BEAUTY!!!!!

Cyp. testudinaria - 101.8mm, Gem, Tanzania. $20

DARK INFLATED SPECIMEN !!!!!

Cyp. testudinaria - 101.5mm, Gem, New Guinea. $15

BIG BEAUTY!!!!!

Cyp. testudinaria - 102mm, Gem, New Guinea. $15

SMOKY PATTERN!!!!!

Cyp. testudinaria - 85.5mm, Gem, New Guinea. $20

DWARF!!!!!

Cyp. testudinaria - 82.5mm, Gem, New Guinea. Very dark pattern. $25

BEAUT DARK LITTLE DWARF!!!!

Cyp. testudinaria - 81mm, Gem, New Guinea. Unusual spotted margin. $25

STUNNING LITTLE DWARF!!!!

Cyp. testudinaria - 83mm, Gem, New Guinea. Very dark patterned side. $25

DWARF!!!!

Cyp. testudinaria - 82.7mm, Gem, New Guinea. $15 sold

DWARF!!!!

 

Cypraea aurantium - 101.5mm, Gem-, Phillipines. $450 sold

BEST I'VE SEEN!!!

Cypraea aurantium - 100.9mm, Gem-, Phillipines. $400 sold

BEST I'VE SEEN!!!

Cypraea aurantium - 99mm, F+++, Phillipines. $180

Cypraea aurantium - 95.6mm, Gem-, Phillipines. $350 sold

BEST I'VE SEEN!!!

Cypraea aurantium - 98mm, F+++, Phillipines. $180

NICE SPECIMEN!!!

Cypraea aurantium - 93mm, F++/F+++, Phillipines. $100 sold

BIG BEAUTY!!!

Cypraea aurantium - 89mm, F++/F+++, Phillipines. $80 sold

BEAUT SPECIMEN!!!

Cypraea aurantium - 80mm, Gem-, Phillipines. $120

Cyp. leucodon - 87.3mm, F++(fine scratch between dorsum and nose), Philippines. $990 sold

BIG!

Cyp. leucodon - 88mm, F++ (fine crease columellar side), Philippines. $1,000 sold

BIG BEAUTY, CLEAR DISTINCT SPOTTING!!!

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