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Groove-Tooth CowrieSwollen Bubble ShellHawaiian StrombHooked WentletrapIsabella's Cowrie
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The most abundant Cowrie that is endemic to Hawaii.  The underside is a light tan with deep grooves between the teeth.  The cowry is found under stones and ledges at depths from a few inches up to at least 90 ft.  To about 1 1/2".The delicate white animal can not fit entirely in its shell.  It is only active at night.  If it is seen during the day it is a definite sign that it is inhabited by a Hermit Crab.  It feeds on small, colorful bristle worms.  To 3/4". This animal is rare, live or dead.  It usually occurs in at least 100 ft.   It lives buried in sand.  This is an endemic subspecies.  To almost 4". This shell is rarely found alive, but are abundant on some beaches.  Little is known about its habitat and feeding habits.  To about 3/4".

Easy to identify, this Cowrie's tips are only black in Hawaii. It lives in shallow water and up to at least 200 ft.  It usually hides under rocks.  In Old Hawaii, it was used to make bracelets and leis. 

 To 1 1/2".

Honey CowrieMaui CowrieReticulated CowrieHumpback CowrieWorm Cone
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This beautiful Cowrie has a deep purple on each tip.  The shell fades to a honey-like hue.  It occurs in depths up to 60 ft.  

To 1 1/4". 

This tiny Cowrie is found infrequently throughout the Hawaiian Islands, but breeding colonies only seem to be on the leeward side of Maui and the Big Island.  It has been subjected to over-collecting and is now rare.  To 1/2".  It attains its largest size in Hawaii.  It can be found in shallow waters and up to at least 50ft.  Because of its size, it is easily spotted along rocky coasts.  This is one of the many Cowries used as lures for octopus.  To about 2 1/2"This large handsome Cowrie is common along Hawaii's black basalt shores, especially in areas of heavy wave action.  In Old Hawaii, its flesh was eaten and its shell used as a scraper for  grating coconut.  It is a prized shell to lure octopus.This species is a sand dweller and is usually found in shallow water.  It has a pink tip when it is alive.  To 1 1/4"
Cat ConeTriton's TrumpetKnobby SpindleYellow-Tinged ConeIvory Cone
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Not much is known about the Cat Cone.  It seems to occur in moderate depths on a sandy bottom.  It probably feeds on bristle worms.  To about 1 1/2".A prized shell by collectors.  If you find one, please resist the urge to take it home.  It is becoming very rare.  The early Hawaiians used this as a blowing shell.  The species is named for the Greek God, Triton, who controlled the waves by blowing on his shell trumpet.  To 20".This spindle lives on hard substrate at depths of 8 to 60 ft.  It is a bright yellow with a bright pink inside.  The animal is a bright red.  To about 4". Some people call it the Yellow cone or the Flavid cone.  It is one of the two most abundant cones in Hawaii.  It preys on bristle worms and reaches its largest size in Hawaii.  To about 2 1/2".A solid triangular shape, this cone is smooth and has a high gloss.  There are several pattern forms, and it seems that the larger the cone gets, the more spread out the black dots are.  To 2".
Soldier ConeRat ConeAbbreviated ConePatriarchal MiterLeopard Cone
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A very easy cone to identify.  It feeds on bristle worms and occurs in depths from shallow water to at least 100 ft.  To 3".A very common and well known species, the rat cone inhabits shallow water.  Some people in Hawaii refer to it as fire-shell cone.  To 1 1/2".It occurs on shallow reefs and up to at least 100 ft.  It feeds on bristle worms.  It is only known to reproduce in Hawaii, even though it is found in the Marshall and Line Islands.  To 1 1/4".A very beautiful small shell.  There are numerous fine spiral grooves.  A sought after collector's shell. To 1".This cone is Hawaii's Largest.  It is usually found half-buried in sand at depths of at least 40 ft, but does occasionally occur in shallow water.  It is usually mistaken as a rock.  This cone reaches 9" in length.
Imperial ConeGaskoin's CowrieGranulated CowrieSnakehead CowrieLeviathan Cowrie
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The shell is white with numerous encircling lines of brown dots and dashes and two irregular, wide brown bands flecked with white.  The tip of the shell and the opening are purple.  Like most cones, it feeds on bristle worms.  To 3 1/2".These are lovely orange and brown small Cowries.  It lives in shallow water as well as in depths of at least 100 ft.  It hides during the day and feeds on red sponge during the night.  To 1"

This is an extraordinary Cowrie.  When the mollusk emerges out of its shell, it resembles sea urchins.  The Hawaiian name (Leho Okala) means "rough" or "bumpy".  

To 1 1/2"

Probably the most common shallow water Cowrie in Hawaii.  This shell feeds on algae at night and hides in crevices and under stones during the day.  In Old Hawaii, this shell was used to make bracelets.This is the largest of three similar species in Hawaii.  It inhabits caves and crevices and is usually in at least 30 ft of water.  This is one of many cowries that are used as lures for octopus.  To 3".

 

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