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Flea ConeAlison's CowriePontifical MiterMarble ConeHebrew Cone
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This animal resembles the Leopard Cone, but its spots are irregularly distributed.  This cone lives in the sand and feeds on bristle worms and heart urchins.  This species attains its largest size in Hawaii.  About 2 1/4"When this animal is attacked, it acts like a lizard and sheds the rear section of its foot.  This is a small, shallow-water Cowrie found both on reef flats and rocky walls.  It eats algae and does well in aquariums. To 1 1/2".

This Miter can be found on shallow sand flats but is more common in depths of more than 60 ft.  The edge of each whorl is toothed and is covered with reddish blotches.  Seems to fade to orange, than yellow.  

 To 2 1/2"

This cone feeds on other cones such as the Flea Cone, the Soldier Cone, and the Abbreviated Cone.  It also can inflict a nasty sting on humans.  Old Hawaiians used to say, "beware of tented cones." If you must handle it, do so briefly, and pick it up by the broad end.  To 5"The pattern of this shells faintly resembles Hebrew letters.  A common cone in Hawaii. It conspicuously  lies on shallow reefs because of its bold pattern.  It feeds on bristle worms and attains its largest size in Hawaii.  About 2 1/2".
Striate ConeOak Cone Penniform ConeMarlinspike AugurWhite-Spotted Augur
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This is one of two cones that are dangerous to humans.  It stings small fish at night and then engulfs them.  In captivity, these animals feed on frozen or fresh fish.  To 5".    This cone has numerous small black encircling lines.  It lives in sand from a few feet to hundreds of feet.  The older ones usually live in shallower water.  It will sting humans.  It attains its largest size in Hawaii, about 5".This cone lives in shallow water and feeds on other Mollusks.  It is common in Hawaii and is often confused with the Textile Cone.  To about 2 1/2"  This stout auger is the largest of its family.  It feeds on a single species of polychaete worm and attains up to 10".Light orange with white spots, this is one of the prettiest auger shells.  Like most augurs, it lives most of its life under the sand, but is sometimes found on rock shelves.  To 5".
Gould's AugurEpiscopal MiterLove HarpTextile ConeLithograph Cone
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This augur shell only feeds on the Yellow Acorn Worm.  They can engulf worms twice their size (takes about 15 hrs).  If the worm is too large, it is said that it will bite of a part of the worm and then disappear back into the sand.  Endemic to Hawaii. To 2 1/2"The most common large Miter in Hawaii.  You can track its movement by the trail they leave on the sand.  The largest of all Miters, it attains lengths of 7".Hawaii's smallest Harp Shell.  Both the shell and the animal are absolutely gorgeous.  It prefers depths of at least 60 ft, but can be found in shallower water.  To about 2".This venomous animal is responsible for several human fatalities.  They hunt by shooting small little spears into their prey.  They feed on other snails and small fish.  They do very well in captivity and one was reported to live 9 years in an aquarium.  To about 5".   All we know about this cone is that it is rare in Hawaii and it lives on shallow reef flats.  To about 2 1/2"
Mole CowrieHalf-Swimmer CowrieSchilder's CowriePimpled BasketPartridge Tun
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The base of the shell is jet black and has brilliant gold bands.  It is found both in sheltered waters and exposed coasts and lives in depths of at least 20 ft.  It is not a common Cowrie and attains its largest size in Hawaii.  To about 3 1/2".Once thought extinct, this shell disappeared in the 1950's.  It made a few comebacks, but is still extremely rare.  It is found both in shallow water and depths up to at least 130 ft.  To almost  1 1/2".    The base of this shell is pure white and the teeth are separated by fine grooves.  This Cowrie is making a comeback and is almost considered abundant in Hawaii.  To 1 3/4".  They are common along the edge of reefs at night and these scavengers have a keen sense of smell and will quickly home in on a piece of bait left on the sand.  They have been observed attacking damselfish eggs in broad daylight.  They also attack and eat small crabs and shrimp.  To 2in.  The largest and most common Hawaiian Tun, and the only one likely to be found in shallow waters.  When the mollusk is fully extended, it looks to large to fit back inside its shell.  It feeds on sea cucumbers, engulfing them endwise with its enormous proboscis in about 15 seconds.  To about 7in.
Nicobar TritonSpiked HelmetRashleigh's CowrieCheckered CowrieTiger Cowrie
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This predator of snails has made meals of at least 21 different species, including the voracious Textile Cone.  Though fairly common in Hawaii, it usually hides under dead coral during the day.  To 3 in.This helmet is very delicate and rarely seen with its mollusk inside.  A favorite shell for hermit crabs.  Its predators are cones and tritons.  To about 3 in.Rare in the main Hawaiian Islands, this endemic Cowrie seems to occur in cycles (present in some years and absent in others).  It usually occurs in depths of 50 ft or more.This is probably the most famous Hawaiian endemic Cowrie.  Often sought by shell enthusiasts.  This shell occurs in shallow waters and depths of at least 200 ft.  The species name means "inlaid with small square stones" or "mosaic".  To about 2 in.Hawaiian waters produce the largest Tiger Cowries in the world.  Greedy people over the years have made the extremely large ones very scarce.  Some have been recorded to be sold for $2000.00 dollars.  To  6 1/2 in.  

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