Diversity of cowries (Yap Kim Fatt collection)

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Mr Yap Kim Fatt was a shell collector who had a nearly complete world-wide collection of cowries. This precious collection was entrusted to the museum complete with important collection data, such as the locality and year, which allows current and future generations to get a glimpse of cowrie diversity not only across geography, but through history as well. Use the specimen information below to see how colorful living cowries can be.