to cypraea.eu. I show my snail collection here. Specifically, I show my collection of shells,
associated with the Cypraeidae family. Ranked I have the species under the scheme of Felix Lorenz. So, as
it was listed in April 2009 on his website. According to this, there are 248 different species - of these
I picture 237. Overall, I have added 2,400+ cowries in over 15,000 photos.
At a glance
Beside the below shown features all sets can be grouped and expanded with other data (finding place, dealer,
price, ...). Any specimen is also available in a higher resolution.
Finding places with Google maps
List of introduced names
For some time I have some fossil cowries in my collection and never really knew quite how I can integrate here.
Originally I wanted to expand the generic and specific overviews by the fossil taxa, but then I finally decided
against it and pack my ancient records now in the smorgasbord section
Bits & Pieces visit ›
How many shells were sold last month on Ebay & Co.?
Who is collecting cowries, will sooner or later notice other families. Here are some of them. I also have made pictures of other things I like.more...
That's how it works
The pages "Genera" and "Species" show the contents I would mainly like to exhibit.
Therefore, I am going to describe briefly how the information is being presented.
Are you an expert?
Bent on solving a riddle? Here you will see pictures of cowries and ten different, possible names. Just one of
them - you think! - is the right one. Give it a try.
At some points you may find expressions which are not commonly used, especially when it comes to the description of shells. Therefore, I have compiled a list of those expressions to be found here.
Cordial thanks to
warhorse Volker, who tooks 4,571 (four thousand five hundred seventy-one) Photos of 653 conches. This included not only a lot
of hard work but also all the reflections around it. Without his help I would have never started with this website. Also, I
have to say Thank You to the Marzipan Man aka Naschkater Markus for his efforts arround the list of synonyms and to my dear brother
Markus, who helped me with the translations. Thanks also to Viola, she has made some recent translations. I hope I can persuade
her again to do it.