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Cypraea mariae is a small cowry with a striking shell pattern. Most shells are less than 15mm long, or considerably less than an inch. Empty shells are fairly common in the sandy bottom surge channels, where they come to rest after dying or being eaten in their normal habitat, up in the caves and ledges of surge channel walls. The animal is usually shy, and this one is not showing its mantle at all. The mantle on this cowry is not impressive, being just a translucent white that allows the shell's pattern to show through.

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