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What

Cypraea tigris

Observer

fmoretzsohn

Date

March 17, 2002

Place

Waikiki Aquarium, Hawaii (Google, OSM)

Description

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:
http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=216843

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What

Talparia talpa

Observer

fmoretzsohn

Date

June 2, 2000

Place

waikiki, hawaii (Google, OSM)

Description

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.

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What

Janthina exigua

Observer

fmoretzsohn

Date

December 29, 2011

Place

Bellows Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii (Google, OSM)

Description

Janthina exigua is one of the smallest species of Janthina. Like their congeners, it builds a bubble raft, which is blown by the wind. The snail cannot swin and will drown if it falls of its raft. It waits until a chance encounter with its prey, the Portuguese Man-o-war, Physallia physalis.

This snail has a circumtropical distribution. Often after a storm, you can find many purple snails as well as its host (one beached specimen shown here).

These photos were taken a day before President Obama visited the Bellow Air Force Station, and the beach was closed to the public.

See the taxonomy of this species at the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS):
http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=140154

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What

Pacific Trumpetfish Aulostomus chinensis

Observer

colinmorita

Date

September 14, 2014 12:20 PM HST

Place

1000–1036 Mokulua Dr, Kailua, HI, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Unicornfishes Genus Naso

Observer

colinmorita

Date

September 14, 2014 12:22 PM HST

Place

766–894 Mokulua Dr, Kailua, HI, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Threadfin Butterflyfish Chaetodon auriga

Observer

colinmorita

Date

September 14, 2014 12:15 PM HST

Place

766–894 Mokulua Dr, Kailua, HI, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Yellowstripe Goatfish Mulloidichthys flavolineatus

Observer

colinmorita

Date

September 14, 2014 12:15 PM HST

Place

766–894 Mokulua Dr, Kailua, HI, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Sailfin Tang Zebrasoma veliferum

Observer

colinmorita

Date

September 14, 2014 12:10 PM HST

Place

Kailua Beach/lanikai, Kailua, HI, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Green Turtle Chelonia mydas

Observer

devon_francke

Date

August 3, 2014 10:00 AM HST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Saw 2 large sub-adult (or both small adult) green sea turtles resting on the bow of the Sea Tiger Wreck, south of Honolulu. Both were about 100 feet deep.

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What

Yellowfin Surgeonfish Acanthurus xanthopterus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 14, 2014 10:19 AM HST

Place

Hanauma Bay, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9140063

What

Yellowfin Goatfish Mulloidichthys vanicolensis

Observer

davidr

Date

September 14, 2014 09:59 AM HST

Place

Hanauma Bay, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9140061

What

Bluefin Trevally Caranx melampygus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 14, 2014 09:58 AM HST

Place

Hanauma Bay, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9140056

What

Blacktail Wrasse Thalassoma ballieui

Observer

davidr

Date

September 14, 2014 09:42 AM HST

Place

Hanauma Bay, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9140055

What

Blacktail Snapper Lutjanus fulvus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 14, 2014 09:42 AM HST

Place

Hanauma Bay, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9140054

What

Fantail Filefish Pervagor spilosoma

Observer

davidr

Date

September 14, 2014 09:40 AM HST

Place

Hanauma Bay, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9140043

What

Day Octopus Octopus cyanea

Observer

davidr

Date

September 14, 2014 09:36 AM HST

Place

Hanauma Bay, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9140032

What

Lined Butterflyfish Chaetodon lineolatus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 14, 2014 09:26 AM HST

Place

Hanauma Bay, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9140028

What

Pyramid Butterflyfish Hemitaurichthys polylepis

Observer

davidr

Date

September 14, 2014 09:21 AM HST

Place

Hanauma Bay, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9140018

What

Pacific Peacock Flounder Bothus mancus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 14, 2014 09:16 AM HST

Place

Hanauma Bay, HI (Google, OSM)

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Square

What

Saddle Wrasse Thalassoma duperrey

Observer

colinmorita

Date

September 14, 2014 12:11 PM HST

Place

Kailua Beach/lanikai, Kailua, HI, US (Google, OSM)

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Square

What

Milletseed Butterflyfish Chaetodon miliaris

Observer

colinmorita

Date

September 14, 2014 12:22 PM HST

Place

Kailua Beach/lanikai, Kailua, HI, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Blackspot Sergeant Abudefduf sordidus

Observer

colinmorita

Date

September 14, 2014 12:10 PM HST

Place

Kailua Beach/lanikai, Kailua, HI, US (Google, OSM)

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Square

What

Fantail Filefish Pervagor spilosoma

Observer

colinmorita

Date

September 14, 2014 12:15 PM HST

Place

Kailua Beach/lanikai, Kailua, HI, US (Google, OSM)

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What

European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 06:12 PM HST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Looks like a domesticated rabbit that was abandoned here. Totally out of place -- and it never moved as we drove by in a Jeep ("hey, was that a black rabbit?!"), backed up, got out, and took a few photos.

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What

Orangespine Unicornfish Naso lituratus

Observer

colinmorita

Date

September 13, 2014 02:59 PM HST

Place

Ala Moana Park Dr, Honolulu, HI, US (Google, OSM)

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P9120071

What

Berthellina delicata

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 09:22 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120069

What

Genus Rostanga

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 09:18 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

Description

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P9120065

What

Genus Berthella

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 09:15 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

Description

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P9120059

What

Family Euryleptidae

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 09:10 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

Description

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P9120056

What

Jeweled anemone hermit crab Dardanus gemmatus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 09:09 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120054

What

Genus Pseudobiceros

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 09:07 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

Description

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P9120053

What

Regal Slipper Lobster Arctides regalis

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 09:05 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120052

What

Risbecia imperialis

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 09:05 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120050

What

Tiger Moray Scuticaria tigrina

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 09:00 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120049

What

Hawaiian ruby cardinalfish Apogon erythrinus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 09:00 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120044

What

Milletseed Butterflyfish Chaetodon miliaris

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:56 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120043

What

Therese's sole Aseraggodes therese

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:55 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120037

What

Octopus hawaiiensis

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:53 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120035

What

Undulated Moray Gymnothorax undulatus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:53 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120032

What

Marbled Shrimp Saron marmoratus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:50 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120031

What

Genus Cinetorhynchus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:49 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120030

What

Family Dendrophylliidae

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:49 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120028

What

Gold Lace Nudibranch Halgerda terramtuentis

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:46 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120024

What

Genus Dendrodoris

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:41 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

Description

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P9120020

What

Cowries Family Cypraeidae

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:37 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120019

What

Genus Cinetorhynchus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:37 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120018

What

Genus Cinetorhynchus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:36 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120015

What

Hawaiian Spotted Toby Canthigaster jactator

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:34 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120014

What

Twospot Goby Fusigobius duospilus

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:34 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)

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P9120006

What

Decoy Scorpionfish Iracundus signifer

Observer

davidr

Date

September 12, 2014 08:29 PM HST

Place

Haleiwa, HI (Google, OSM)