This is a live animal of the Tiger Cowrie, Cypraea tigris Linnaeus, 1758, the type species of the genus Cypraea. It is one of the largest cowries, and one of the best known species by the public.
It has a wide geographic distribution in the tropical Indo-Pacific.The shell size varies quite a bit, from dwarfs at 38 mm to gigantic 153 mm. The largest specimens are usually found in Hawaii; they have been described as the form schilderiana Cate, 1961.
The Tiger Cowrie lives in shallow waters, up to about 20 meters.
See more about this species at the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) at:
Live animal of the Mole Cowrie, Talparia talpa Linnaeus, 1758, at the Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
This is a beautiful cowries with distinctive bluish to brown animal with thick papillae with white dots, and a shell that has caramel and brown bands, and a chocolate brown base. Unmistakable species.
It has a wide Indo-West Pacific distribution, and the Red Sea. The shell size range is 23 to 105 mm.