Posted: Jan 15 2007
Macrocypraea zebra (Linnaeus, 1758) Measled Cowrie
M. zebra is found in SE Florida and the Keys. Often found with M. cervus. M. zebra reaches 100 mm (a rare giant) whereas M. cervus can reach 180 mm (such rarities can be found in deep water along Florida's east coast).
For more information, see Macrocypraea zebra at the Cowrie Genetic Database Project , currently (March 2008) maintained in the Invertebrate Department at the Florida Museum of Natural History located at the University of Florida in Gainesville.