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4HMEM30: Life in the Sea Member Manual

Figure 55. Cowrie (Cypraea spp.). The handsome shells of these mollusks thicken as the animals age. When viewed in motion, the living animal's mantle often envelopes the entire shell, obscuring its beautiful markings. The most striking cowries are found in the tropical oceans. Size: to 4 inches. Range: worldwide in temperate and tropical seas.