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A mollusc family. It is a member of the superfamily Cypraeoidea. Its species are known as cowries.

For collectors, this is the most popular family of molluscs, probably because the very smooth, shiny, porcelain-like outside and the bright patterns and colours. It is a large group with more than 200 named species with many different and local variants. There is one genera, Cypraea, which has been divided into subgenera over the years, based on differences in anatomy and the structure of the shells. Kay Vaught described 55 subgenera. [1]

Major genera

Partial list of species

References

  1. ^ The Encyclopedia of Shells. Quintet Publishing Limited. 1991. ISBN 90-5920-049-7. 
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