Cowries; Cypraeidae

A beautiful shell that keeps itself shiny by using a protective cover or mantle. It should be possible to find some species of cowrie at most of our dive sites.

The Cowrie you\'re most likely to see around here.

A pretty shell with a contrasting mantle. We thought that it might be Erosaria labrolineata, which looks similar - maybe some photos are...

Named after shell markings that resemble arabic script. Also known as Cypraea arabica.

We\'ve only seen this cowrie with its beautiful mantle extended.

There are more cowries out there in the Gulf of Thailand, waiting to be identified !