GENUS - UMBILIA

There is some misunderstanding with regard to some of the different Umbilia species. This comparison photo highlights some of the shell characteristics differencing these species.

,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Umbilia capricornica ,,,,,,,,petilirostris ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,oriettae ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,beddomei

You can see from the photo the protruding anterior canals of capricornica, petilirostris and oriettae compared to the broad snub nose of the beddomei. You can also see the difference in shape with bedomei having a more broader rounded shell structure than the other three. The snub nose and smaller size also differences beddomei from hesitata.

 

Cyp. armeniaca - 103.5mm, Gem, Western Australia. Beautiful bright orange specimen. $180 sold

BIG!!!, BIG!!!, BIG!!!

Cyp. armeniaca - 95mm, Gem, Western Australia. Beautiful light apricot colored specimen. $150 sold

Cyp. armeniaca - 96mm, Gem-, Western Australia. Another light colored specimen, nicely humped. $150

LIGHT COLOR FORM!!!

Cyp. armeniaca - 90mm, Gem, Western Australia. Another beautifuly patterned specimen. $140
Cyp. armeniaca - 88mm, Gem-, Western Australia. Nice bright pattern. $120
Cyp. armeniaca - 90mm, Gem, Western Australia. Has 2 brown spots 5mm in diameter on front of shell. Unusual. $140
Cyp. armeniaca - 89.5mm, F+++, Western Australia. Unusual colored margin band. $120
Cyp. armeniaca - 91mm, Gem, Western Australia. Unusual spotted form similar to westralica. $140
Cyp. armeniaca - 90mm, F++(minor faults only, no scars), South Australia. $60
Cyp. armeniaca (juvenile) - 81mm, F++, Western Australia. $12

Cyp. armeniaca westralica - 76mm, Gem, Western Australia. Beaut specimen with nice dark patterned dorsum and light apricot margins and base. $120 sold

GREAT PRICE!!!

Cyp. armeniaca westralica - 82.5mm, Gem-, Western Australia. $250

Cyp. armeniaca westralica - 77mm, Gem, Western Australia. $120

JUST ARRIVED, SPECIAL PRICE!!!

Cyp. armeniaca westralica - 76mm, Gem, Western Australia. $120
Cyp. armeniaca westralica - 82.3mm, Gem, Western Australia. $140 sold
Cyp. armeniaca westralica - 79mm, Gem, Western Australia. $120 sold
Cyp. armeniaca westralica - 80mm, Gem-, Western Australia. $120
Cyp. armeniaca westralica - 79mm, Gem-, Western Australia. $120

Cyp. armeniaca westralica - 75.5mm, Gem, Western Australia. $180

BEAUT DARK PATTERNED SPECIMEN!!!

Cyp. armeniaca westralica - 75mm, F+++, Western Australia. Very solid small specimen. $150
hesitata hesitata
 

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 87mm, F+++, New South Wales, trawled 200mts.$30 sold

ALMOST ALBINO (HOWELLI) !!!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 95.9mm, Gem, New South Wales. $50

ALMOST ALBINO (HOWELLI) !!!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 103mm, Gem-, New South Wales. $80 sold

BIG BEAUTY !!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 103mm, F+++, New South Wales. $60

LIGHT COLOR FORM!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 98mm, Gem, New South Wales. $90

GEM SPECIMENS VERY HARD TO OBTAIN!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 104.7mm, F++/F+++(minor polish indentations), New South Wales. $60

BIG!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 86mm, F+++, Victoria. $40

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 81.3mm, F++/F+++, New South Wales. $30

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 94mm, Gem, New South Wales. $30 sold

SUBERB SPECIMEN!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 90.5mm, F++, New South Wales, trawled 200mts.$15

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 99mm, F++(no scars), New South Wales. $10

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 94mm, F++(no scars), New South Wales. $40

DARK PATTERN!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 74.5mm, F+++, New South Wales. $30

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 71.5mm, Gem, New South Wales. $60

SUBERB DWARF!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 84mm, Gem-, Victoria. $120

UNUSUAL SPOTTED PATTERN!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 77mm, F++/F+++, New South Wales. $35

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 79mm, F+++, Victoria. $60

SMALL NICELY PATTERNED SPECIMEN!!!

Cypraea hesitata - 98.5mm, F+++, Victoria. $80
Cypraea hesitata - 96mm, F+++, Victoria. $80

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 81mm, F++/F+++, Victoria. $60

UNUSUAL LIGHT COLOR FORM!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 98mm, F+++, Victoria. $80

LIGHT COLORED SPECIMEN!!!

Cypraea hesitata hesitata - 101mm, F+++, Victoria. $150

LIGHT COLORED SPECIMEN!!!

ALMOST HOWELLI - BIG!!!

hesitata howelli
 

#S01 Cyp. howelli - 91.1mm, F++/F+++, Victoria. $200

ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET NOW!!!

#S19 Cyp. howelli - 82.5mm, F++, Victoria. $120
Cyp. howelli - 90.5mm, Gem, New south Wales. $300
hesitata beddomei
- identified by smaller size and less protruding nose.

Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 77mm, Gem-, New South Wales. $70

VERY BIG SPECIMEN!!!

Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 69.2mm, F+++, New South Wales. $50

DARK SPECIMEN!!!

Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 78mm, Gem-, New South Wales. $60 Rarely this dark in beddomei. sold

BEAUT DARK LITTLE SPECIMEN!!!!

Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 71.25mm, Gem, New South Wales. Beaut little specimen, browner than normal. $50 sold

Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 66mm, F+++, New South Wales. $80
Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 69mm, F+++, New South Wales. $80

Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 62mm, F+++, New South Wales. $120

VERY SMALL!!!

Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 67mm, F+++, New South Wales. $50

Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 74mm, F+++, Queensland. $70

NORTHERN MOST RANGE!!!

Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 80.6mm, F+++, New South Wales. $80

BIG SPECIMEN!!!

Cypraea hesitata beddomei - 74mm, Gem, New South Wales. $80
hesitata portlandensis
- newly named, identified by location, less protruding nose and posterior extremity and more rounded base.
Cypraea hesitata portlandensis - 92.5mm, Gem-, Victoria. $270
Cypraea hesitata portlandensis - 89mm, Gem-, Victoria. $250
Cypraea hesitata portlandensis - 89mm, F++/F+++, Victoria. $120

Cypraea hesitata portlandensis - 91mm, F+++, Victoria. $240

The following hesitata are unusual in their color and pattern as they have a spotted pattern and the pattern color is yellow/brown instead of the normal brown.

Cypraea hesitata portlandensis - 78.6mm, F+++, Victoria. $180
Cypraea hesitata portlandensis - 95mm, F++(minor polish faults), Victoria. $150

Cypraea hesitata portlandensis - 88mm, F+++, Victoria. $140

Cypraea hesitata portlandensis - 94mm, Gem-, Victoria. $250
oriettae
- identified by small location range (Southern Queensland), brown extremities and base, finer teeth confined to mouth and almost non existant towards columellar poterior end.
Cypraea Umbilia oriettae - 61.6mm, Gem, Queensland. $550 sold

Cypraea Umbilia oriettae - 74.2mm, F+++,Queensland. $650 sold

BEAUTIFUL SPECIMEN!!!

Cypraea Umbilia oriettae - 75mm, F+++,Queensland. Solid heavy specimen. $520 sold

VERY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN!!!

THIS NEW SPECIES SOUGHT AFTER!!!

Cypraea Umbilia oriettae - 72mm, F+++, Queensland. Lighter deep water specimen. $600 sold

BIG SIZE!!!

Cypraea Umbilia oriettae - 70.6mm, F++(indentation on base, dorsum near perfect), Queensland. $350 sold

Cypraea Umbilia oriettae - 61.7mm, F++(minor faults), Queensland. Near impossible to obtain now, only one found in 2 years. $400 sold

JUST ARRIVED, VERY RARE!!!

capricornica
- identified by location, lying between oriettae range and the Barrier Reef, similar shape to oriettae, smaller more solid shell with calloused margins and extremities with lighter brown extremities also.

Cypraea Umbilia capricornica - 67.2mm, F++(almost unnoticable fine scar), Queensland. $450 sold

VERY CALLOUSED MARGINS!!!

Cypraea Umbilia capricornica - 70.6mm, F+++, Queensland. $250

VERY CALLOUSED MARGINS!!!

Cypraea Umbilia capricornica - 71.5mm, F++, Queensland. Very solid light colored specimen. $150
petilirostris
 
Cypraea Umbilia petilirostris - 64.6mm, F++, Queensland. Bulbous light weight deep water form of capricornica. $120 sold

 

 

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