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The two on the left are Tiger Cowries found in the Pacific ocean. Top right is a moderately rare sized Deer Cowrie measuring 6.5 inches long. The one below it could be a Carnelian Cowrie from the Indian ocean and south east Asia, however I am not certain, the ID card has vanished!!

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Robbiel

Yes it could Heidi, I find it too confusing!!

Surreal_Heidi

That could also be a Leviathan, instead of a Carnelian Cowrie.

Robbiel

Thanks nicco.

niccolino59

More beautiful shells - love them, thanks for taking the time to post them all.

gemstone

And the Pacific is nowhere near Cyprus or the Tigris River...makes perfect sense! LOL

Robbiel

Quite simple really gem................Latin name is Cypraea Tigris.....................coated with Leopard like spots!!!! Does that help?! Heh heh heh.

gemstone

But why are they called "tiger" instead of "leopard"?

Robbiel

I find it so hard to know which is which Heidi, know what you mean, thanks.

Hi Hanne, thanks.

Glad you think so PK, thanks.

Thanks gnt.

gnt1041

very good pic

pkin38

Absolutely gorgeous.... thanks Robbie

Elfie

They ARE very charming!! Thanks so very much Robbie!!

Surreal_Heidi

It looks like a Carnelian to me, too, Robbie. These are all common Cowries with a fairly large variation in coloration and markings. The Tiger Cowrie, in particular, has a huge amount of variation. Some people just collect Tiger Cowries and have no two alike.

Robbiel

Thanks fileusa, he had lots of fun doing it.

The tigers are quite common Shirley but a delight to look at, thanks.

Hi bloorox, thanks.

They are Celeste, thanks.

You're welcome and thank you chickie.

You're welcome yellow, hope you stay warm! Thanks.

Well it is like this mate...........Maybe you better keep my half!!! But thanks for the thought!

photogent

At long last I have the one in the upper left hand corner of the display. Tell me it is worth Millions Mate and we split the money.

I've seen sketches of the tiger cowries from time to time, mostly on items like beach towels, but never knew the proper name for them. Thanks so much for the info, Robbie!

chickiemama

Thanks for sharing Robbie.

CelesteH

Really Cool!!

bloorox

So beautiful, Robbie!

shirley68

I'm really enjoying your dad's collection Robbie, the two tiger cowries are the only shells I can remember having at home as a child, probably picked up at a beach somewhere.

fileusa

What a great collection your father has collected through the years.

Robbiel

Hi bomber, yes my dad designed them in his house specifically for the shell collection. Most are in a museum now. I really enjoyed reading about Young Park, what a remarkable man he was, thanks.

bomber81

Your display is like a Jem Case!!