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Banded chocolate cowrie, mole cowrie, or Talparia Talpa is a species of sea snail, the generally inhabits the indo- pacific living in shallow lagoons and on coral reefs. These beautiful shells are cream on top striped with tan, and have a deep espresso brown around the bottom. They measure around 2-2.5".
Scientific Name: Talparia talpa
All of our shells are real & unique. The majority of the shells we sell are intended for crafting purposes & are not specimens (unless otherwise specified); meaning that most will show evidence of their lives in the ocean. There may be natural variations such as but not limited to: growth marks, pinpoint holes, chipped points or edges, calcium build up, etc. WE DO NOT SELL PERFECT SHELLS- our shells are natural, beautiful, & imperfect.