I have chosen my best variations of the very famous Monetaria moneta or common name the (money cowry)for you
The Shell size is between 9-46MM.
Most any place you found a hard reef the species could be found in very high numbers. The specimens pictured were collected intertidally exposed on hard reefs during low tides. They could be found under rocks, in small holes or just exposed as they fed on algae and small sponges. •
Overall the species ranges most of the Indo-Pacific Region. Its western most range begins in Southeast Africa and expands east to Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands and most places in between.
Besides the fact that The Moneta were commonly used as a medium of exchange in many areas of Africa, Asia and the Pacific islands until the late 19th century. he is now processed in jewelery. such as anklets, bracelets, necklaces, but it is also processed by artists in baskets, wall hangings and decorative frames for photographs. So what was a currency / medium of exchange 200 years ago has now become a decoration tool.
The monetaria moneta has different forms (syntypes) below a general explanation of the photos
On the first picture the Monetaria moneta Icterina from Zanzibar
40,4MM.(Quite big for this species)
On the second photo the moneta but then a different shape and a beautiful dark yellow color this is the syntype mecatorium. it is slightly angular than the icetrina. From Malolo Reef, Fiji
22,3MM and 24,1MM.
On the third photo photo the Monetaria moneta the syntype Ethnographica
It has a rhomboidal shape. is very flat. and has thick calloused edges. this shape also has a very clear yellow ring about the dorsum running.
From Pulau Tello, Mentawei Island, West Sumatra, Indonesia
On the fourth photo the Monetaria moneta (Dwarf)
From Low Isles, Queensland, Australia.
on the fifth photo the Monetaria moneta Icterina (freak)freak means that the shape can be very different from the normal shape.
31,6MM and 23MM.
From Laccadive Island, India.