Naria lamarckii redimita (Melvill 1888). 24.9-25.3 mm., Gem. Thailand. The true redimita. The forma name "phuketensis" is superfluous as this is exactly the shell as described by Melvill. This set shows the varying degree of callosity typical for this subspecies. These are outstanding examp
Macrocypraea cervinetta californica Lorenz 2017. 89.7 mm, F++/Gem. Mexico. Nice quality specimen of this often flawed subspecies. Recently recognized, this specimen from the Northern Gulf population shows all of the diagnostic characteristics including the shorter mid-columellar teeth and narrower
Pustularia chiapponii beatricae Lorenz 2014. 15.7 mm., Gem. Philippines. Though this subspecies has become more available, most specimens offered are incorrectly identified and are not the real thing. This is a lovely example! Note the pale, untinted teeth.
Ovatipsa coloba (Melvill 1888). 22.5-22.6 mm., Gem. Sri Lanka. Orange beauty and a pale specimen! I have seen these pale shells rarely, they might be dead taken and slightly young, but appear as live taken shells. Very interesting and uncommon set!
Cribrarula abaliena ganteri Lorenz 1998. 30.1 mm., Dead. Sri Lanka. Giant beached but nice specimen with most gloss, color, and pattern. Collected before the big hurricane caused tsunami in 2004. This is one of the classic specimens, quite unlike most being offered these days by sellers who
Talparia exusta f. meridiana Lorenz 2017. 52.8 mm., F++. Djibouti. Beautiful two-tone specimen. The dorsal color pattern changes due to a growth line that is not distracting. Discreet spotting on labral margin adds to the charm of this interesting shell.
Lyncina propinqua f. pinguis Lorenz 2017. 32.3 mm., Gem-. Marquesas Islands. Recently recognized as a distinct geographical variety. This specimen has dark color and outstanding quality. Collected by M. Beals. These are actually quite rare in this condition.
Talostolida subteres (Weinkauff 1881). 17.4 mm., F++/Gem. Tuamotus Archipelago. Very nice specimen of this uncommon cowry. This one was likely dead collected but certainly could pass for a live collected shell.
Zoila friendii friendii (Gray 1831). 78.3 mm., F++/Gem. Australia. Typical Geographe Bay form with bluish dorsal line. Note the white marginal callus. Perfect terminals but some minor dorsal growth effects.
Cypraea pantherina f. catulus Schilder 1924. 69.6 mm., Gem-. Djibouti. The interesting hybrid with C. tigris. Morphologically intermediate with a more rounded and inflated shell when compared to the nominate C. pantherina. Not commonly offered, this is a wonderful example. I am including a nice