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Lambis robusta Swainson, 1821 A Polynesian Endemic species

Author : Touitou David, 2004   French Polynesia offers some endemic species to collectors, but they are mainly concentrated in the Marquesas Islands. However, some endemics are not restricted to these Islands. This is the case...

Marie-Galante Cowries

Author : Fabien Goutal, 2003 Marie-Galante is a very pleasant island of the West Indies. It's just at the South-East of Guadalupe. I've been living there for 6 months and I came back with some cowries.      ...

Lissenung Island, New Ireland - a paradise for shell lovers

Author : Felix Lorenz    Often people ask me whether there was a place I recommend for making a shell collecting holiday. It is a difficult thing to ask, almost like "hey, Buddy, tell me the place...

Live Cypraea niger from New-Caledonia and their camouflage

Author : Jean André Detterer   Bonjour de Nelle-Calédonie,   Amateur de porcelaines nigers et rostrées voici quelques photos prises dans leur...

Pictures of a Live Cypraea hirundo francisca from Seychelles : a scoop !!

Author : David Touitou, 2007 During my last vacations, in the Seychelles, we had the chance to get our hands on a live specimen of the rare and endemic Cypraea hirundo francisca (Schilder & Schilder 1938). I can't be sure but It seems...
A Live Cypraea surinamensis

A Live Cypraea surinamensis

Author : Francisco Blanco   First publication : Hawaiian Shell News, New Series No. 297 -- September, 1984 C. surinamensis Perry with its mantle out. Photo - Blanco & Honker   MIAMI ––...

Conus legatus & Conus pertusus from Tahiti

Author : Touitou David, 2004   Conus legatus Lamarck, 1810 Conus legatus , Iindo-Pacific specie, is a really collector's appreciated coneshell. Maybe for...

Extending The Range Of Conus pseudoaurantius & C. aurantius

Author : David Touitou, 2007   Conus pseudoaurantius Vink & Cosel 1985, is usually found in the "Grenadines" (West indies). I personnally collected live specimens of Conus pseudoaurantius when I traveled...

Keppel Island Blessings

Author : Kevin Whittington, 2002   The weekend was shaping up well for our church youth camp. The weather was calm with a light northerly wind blowing; however the tides were only about 0.9m, so I wasn't expecting to find...

Conus aulicus chasing Cypraea talpa in New Caledonia

Author : Serge Rolland, 2005 This march 17th 2005, while night scuba outside the reef, around 12m of water, Patrick DELESTE (a non-collector friend) and I have seen a rare thing in the natural habitat : a cone shell (Conus aulicus ) attacking...

Trip To New Caledonia

Author : Touitou David, 2003     During september 2003, I had the chance to fly from Tahiti to New Caledonia Island, a wonderful shell collecting spot. This was my first trip there, on the amazing...

New Caledonian Conus marmoreus complex

Author : David Touitou & Serge Rolland, 2006 This is a rather small complex compared to other ones like Conus magnificus-episcopatus. But many of us get sometimes confused in front of some strange specimens. Even if I do...

Trip To Marco Island (Florida)

Author : Anthony (flybones@bellsouth.net ), 2003   Just a week ago i came back from Marco Island Florida and i collected over 100 shells. Iall found them while snorkeling from 3 to 5 feet of water and most of them...

Second trip to NC, Conus marmoreus amazing variations

Author : David Touitou, 2006   Conus marmoreus "bastard" 33.7 mm   Second trip to New-Caledonia - Christmas 2005 Family trip but still hunting for Cone shells... That's the second time...

Collecting in The Solomons, Or No Wonder Gene Came Home With a Grin on His Face!

Author : Gene Everson All photos were taken by Charlotte Lloyd, June 1996     If you are like me, you find it disappointing to read about a shell trip to a wonderful sounding marine area, only to find it is 90%...

Where are the Tahitian seashells hiding ?

Author : David Touitou, 2004   I decided to write this article, due to my anger over the disappearance of our seashells... A strange phenomenon must have happened here, but which one ? Of course, everywhere around the world,...

Night Scuba in France, live shell pictures...

Author : David Touitou, Pictures : Laurent Kbaïer, 2007   In September (2007) we decided, Laurent and I to night scuba around Hyères. We made 3 night dives already and we have...

A wonderful specimen of Conus Regius "citrinus"

Author : Touitou David, 2000 The sunday 22th (2001), in la Martinique island (french caribbean), we had a really fantastic wether. Usually this is the month of those ling and huge rains... Today not ! A top shiny day with no cloud and no...

Conus lividus and its related cone shells : help to identify them

Author : Touitou David, 2004   Shells wich will be treated is this article : Conus lividus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792 Conus frigidus Lamarck,...

Cypraea Erosaria spurca : details of the manthe

Author : David Touitou, Pictures : Laurent Kbaïer, 2007 During this dive,19th august 2007 with my team mate Laurent Kbaïer (http://www.bluesun.fr...

Conus daucus and related species variations from Martinique

Author : David Touitou, 2001 I met a collector, specialized in conidae from Caribbean. In fact, he is a specialist of the C. daucus complex. I was able to take a few shots from his personal collection. I did not have the time to...

Sailing down to the Grenadines

Author : Touitou David, 2002 Updated : 03 March 2016 FIRST TRIP (2002) We started the cruise in the harbor of Marin in Martinique. Then, we went south toward St. Lucia island where we staid a night in Soufirère bay. After...

Miters, collectors forgotten seashells

Author : Roger Rault, 2000 This article is not a scientific one. It is an amateur work and is exclusively built with my collection material. It is probable, if not sure, that the Miters specialists will find some errors....

Conus textile variation from Polynesia & New Caledonia

Author : Touitou David, 2005   FRENCH POLYNESIA In French Polynesia, we have two variations of Conus textile Linné, 1758. The first one which I called "classic variation" represent the...

Small snails from Mediterranean sea Part 1

Author : David Touitou, 2010     This summer we decided, Laurent Kbaïer & I, to photograph Mediterranean snails. This fisrt dive was done at Porquerolles island, south of France...

Conus regius Martinique's variations

Author : Touitou David, 2006   A. Habitat, Rareté et répartition Taille moyennes locales : 35 mm à 50 mm Conus regius , espèce de la zone caraïbe, est classée parmi...

Conus regius & Conus cedonulli feedings habits

Author : Touitou David, 2001 Updated : 03 March 2016 I had the chance to observe many Conus regius Gmelin, 1791 & Conus cedonulli    Linnaeus, 1767 in my aquarium and manage to find...

Marginelles

Author : Le Béon Roger, 2000 Download the full document ( MS Word doc. )   AVERTISSEMENT Cette page n'a aucune prétention scientifique . Elle est le résultat d'une...

Conus gubernator leehmani in the Seychelles ?

Author : Touitou David, 2007   The Seychelles, one of the last paradise on earth, host many of the Indian Ocean Sea Shells species. Some particularities occurs there though. The islands host the beautiful pinkish Cypraea hirundo...

Winter Scuba Diving in France, or the unexpected cowrie

Author : David Touitou, Pictures : Laurent Kbaïer, 2007   It's Winter time here (South Of France), by the way the weather is not that bad and temperatures are still cool. We decide to go scuba. The team will gather Laurent...

Variations of Cypraea Erosaria acicularis from Martinique

Author : Touitou David, 2001   I have been collected Martinique cowries since 7 months now. Of course Caribbean Sea is not THE spot to look out for this family. The Cypraeidae family is very poorly represented...

Seashell Collecting on a Shrimp Boat

Author : Cecilia F. Morett, 2004 I've "worked" on a shrimp boat as a striker (deck hand) every chance I get. I say "work", because although at times the work is very physical and all of my 127...

A new marginella from M. glabella group "Marginella cf. desjardini"

Author : Roger Le Béon, 2009 A new marginella from M. glabella group / Une Nouvelle marginelle du complexe M. glabella "Marginella cf. desjardini"   Abstrac This new...

A new Cypraea testudinaria from northern New-Caledonia ?

Author : Fabien Goutal, 2002 The Chelycypraea group (one species, C. testudinaria ) can clearly be linked with the Trona group (one species, C. stercoraria ), for instance, thanks to some features of the shell. Amongst...

Conus boui Da Motta, 1988 Two species under the same name ?

Author : Touitou David, 2003 First, I would like to come back on a few points concerning this lovely specie named "recently" as Conus boui (from Mr Bou's name) by Mr Da Motta in 1988...

Cypraea (Luria) lurida lurida in Aquarium

Author : Touitou David, 1999-2000 This is a sum up of the several different articles I wrote about this species during 1999 and 2000. December 1999 I wanted to try to have some living cowries in an aquarium. As I live in south...

Conus pennaceus from Seychelles

Author : Touitou David, 2003   It is the second time I am looking for coneshells in Seychelles archipelago. This time i was able to catch three new species : Conus aulicus, Conus pennaceus & Conus gubernator . Conus...

Cowries of southern Sri Lanka

Author : Felix Lorenz, with Jana Kratzsch, 2000   Welcome This site shows the results of our research carried out along the South coast of Sri Lanka between March 1998 and January 2000. The shells shown here all come from beaches...

Collecting "Freak" Cone Shells

Author : Lyle Therriault, 2004 In my collections of conus I have quite a few "freak" specimens. I consider freak specimens to be those with characteristics that are not comparable with typical specimens. This...

Extending The Range Of Conus pseudoaurantius & C. aurantius

Author : David Touitou, 2007   Conus pseudoaurantius Vink & Cosel 1985, is usually found in the "Grenadines" (West indies). I personnally collected live specimens of Conus pseudoaurantius when I traveled...

Seven days trip to Venezuela

Author : Touitou David, 2000   As we were staying since end of february in la Martinique Island (french caribbean), we decided to go give a visit to our friends in Venezuela in june 2001. They live in Puerto la Cruz,...

Notes On Diving At Nuku Hiva Island, Marquesas And Moorea Island

Author : Mrs Charlotte Lloyd, 2004   This was my first visit to the tropical islands of French Polynesia and I really looked forward to the trip. My traveling companions were Wayne Harland and Gene Everson. They are well-known...

Live rare seashells images direct from the Philippines

Author : Jean-Pierre Barbier, 2008, http://www.topseashells.com/     Cypraea (Lyncina) leucodon Broderip, 1828 Cypraea (Lyncina) leucodon Broderip, 1828 Cypraea (Lyncina)...

Senegal Cone Shells

Author : Le Béon Roger, 2001 A. The Environment B. The Landscapes C. The Cone shells D. ICONOGRAPHY & DISCUSSION E. Comments This article shows cones I have...

Seashells & Art

By Virginia Enos, 2012 Spectacular places attract artists and I suppose that is one reason that I ended up making Hawaii my home. My childhood was spent fishing on the great rivers of northern California and that played a large part...

Shelling report from Tahiti

Author : Michel Balleton & Patrick Marti, 2012 Dear visitors, here are some nice live shell pictures that come from French Polynesia ! Many thanks to Michel & Patrick for sharing their recent finds. Bursa asperrima...

A review of the Bistolida-complex of Africa's north-eastern, eastern and southern coastlines and the adjacent Indian Ocean islands

Author : Ronnie Watt, South Africa, 2005   The author invites comments from readers. Send e-mail to: clumber@telkomsa.net (The following text was adapted from the original publication in Xenophora, October...

ERRATUM : Conus of the Southeastern United and Caribbean

Author : David Touitou, 2014 Dear all collectors, You might have bought the recent publication fo Dr Alan Khon : "Conus of the Southeastern united and Caribbean" publishid in 2014 by Princeton University Press. Several...

Back from 19 days in the Seychelles

Author : David Touitou, 2011     These 19 days spent in the Seychelles with my family allowed me to seek for shells again. That's always an extreme pleasure to flip dead coral plates (and flip them...

VENOMIC PROJECT : Trip To Polynesia

VENOMICS à Tahiti A la recherche des Conidae de Polynésie Française David Touitou et Pierre Escoubas, 2013 English translation and more pictures can be found in the TCC (The...

La Garde (France) Shell Show 2011

Author : Touitou David, 2011 Le 26 et 27 février 2011 s'est déroulée à La Garde, une fois encore, le magnifique salon du coquillage (et du mineral). L'organisation est comme chaque année parfaite....

Second International CONE MEETING

Author : DAVID TOUITOU, updated 02th-october-2012   This late september, the second International CONE MEETING have been organized in La Rochelle's National History Museum (France). The meeting's...

Diving with the Mediterranean Cowries

Author : David Touitou, 2009 During this summer, we manage with my mate Laurent, underwater amateur photographer,to make some shots while diving along with the mediterranean cowrie : The famous...

Forms of cribraria comma (Perry 1811) and of esontropia francescoi (Lorenz 2002)

Author : Ronnie Watt, South Africa, 2005 Forms of cribraria comma (Perry 1811) and of esontropia francescoi (Lorenz 2002) and a description of esontropia francescoi form mainland.   ...

2010 Seychelles' trip

Author : Touitou David, 28 April 2010 [!AnimDealers?&name=`art1` &folder=`articles/seychelles2010` &duration1=`3000` &duration2=`7000` &width=`370` &height=`247`!] We flought strait...

Conus hornii in Venezuela

Author : Alessandro Zanzi, 2010   I live in Varese (Italy), where I was born in 1957. I started collecting shells when I was young. Recently I begin to collect fossil conus : in my collection I have over 140 species of fossil...

Phuket (Thailand) 3 weeks Trip

Author : Patrick Marti, 2010   Les conditions de logement , de circulation , les repas dans la rue , à l’appartement et dans les restos, le lever du soleil de la terrasse , l’apero dans le jacuzzi ,... ...

2010 Trip To Madagascar

  Author : Patrick Marti, 2011   1ére étape Nosy Be   Un grand bonheur de retrouver Mada , rien ou presque n'a changé après 4 ans d'absence....

Conus textile variation from Tuamotu

Author : Touitou David, 2006   A. Conus textile variation from Tuamotu could extend the range of Conus textile f. verriculum Reeve, 1843 - A. 1. General informations - A. 2. ...

Conus auratinus sur Tahiti !

  Author : Michel Balleton, September 2014 Il y a des jours où la chance vous sourit... Par une belle matinée en ce mercredi 27 aout, après une plongée au milieu de la passe de Pueu, nous...

Conus (Darioconus) pennaceus Born, 1778 from Seychelles

Conus (Darioconus ) pennaceus   Born, 1778 des Seychelles Publié : Xenophora N°149  : January 2015   Voilà une espèce dont la variabilité n’est plus à...

Two Days at Sanibel island (Florida) : Extreme Low Tide

2 Days at Sanibel island (Florida) : Extreme Low Tide Author : Touitou David, april 2015   Last december 2014 we had the chance to visit Florida (USA). This was a real great family trip. We spend 14 days there...

Voyage aux Seychelles Octobre 2015

2015 : Voyage aux Seychelles Ou la malédiction du passeport   Author : David Touitou First published in XENOPHORA journal n°153 (Jan-Feb-March 2016) Images have been extracted from GoProHero...

La Garde (France) Shell Show 2008

Author : Touitou David, 2008     Le 01 et 02 mars 2008, s'est déroulé le quatorzième Salon du Coquillage dans la grande salle de la maison communale Gérard Philipe...

La Garde (France) Shell Show 2010

Author : David Touitou, 2010 Le 27 et 28 février 2010, s'est déroulé le seizième Salon du Coquillage dans la grande salle de la maison communale Gérard Philipe de La Garde...

Interview of Mr Giancarlo Paganelli

Interview of Mr Giancarlo Paganelli, 2008 Author of one of the best online shells related database : http://www.coneshell.net/ Hello Giancarlo, It is my honor to interview the author of coneshell.net, which is a wonderful...

Interview of Pr Alan Kohn, Professor Emeritus, Zoology

Interview of Pr Alan Kohn, 2009 Professor Emeritus, Zoology Adjunct Professor, Quaternary Research Center Adjunct Curator, Burke Museum Co-Author of "Manual Of The Living Conidae" Principal Investigator Of "The Conus...

Interview Of Antonio Monteiro

Author : David Touitou, 2010 Dear António, it's a real pleasure to interview the co-author of the well known Newsletter "The ConeShell Collector" (TCC). When did you start collecting shells, and what influenced you to...

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