|Date: ||Sat, 6 Dec 2008 19:56:44 -1000|
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|From: ||Keith Zeilinger <zeilingem001@HAWAII.RR.COM>|
|Subject: ||Cypraea mantellum|
I have apparently just found a freshly dead, mature, 19mm, specimen of Cypraea mantellum
Walls and Burgess, 1980. I still call the species Cypraea mariae, Schilder, 1927, but that species name may only apply if we accept the genus Pustularia. This specimen came from the same area of Kailua Bay where I found one in 2002, 75 feet deep, ventral side up on sand at the base of a coral head. Although the spots were dark when I picked it up, when the shell dries up the spots fade. The spots darken again if the shell is placed in water. This species if very rare in Hawaii. I have only found 2 dead specimens in 34 years of diving in Hawaii. So should I really label it Cypraea mantellum?
Aloha, Keith Zeilinger