Porcelaines Niger & Rostrees de Nouvelle-Caledonie
Niger & Rostrate Cowries of New Caledonia
by J.M. Chatenay
published in 1977 by the author, Noumea, New Caledonia, in French & English,
laminated paper covers, 109 pages, book size is 6¾ by 8¾ inches (14 by
21 cm), about 47 full page color plates and 2 maps
though this book is now old it remains the standard reference work
about these rare and unusual shells found (almost exclusively in) New
Caledonia. This book shows the gradation and degree of rostration and
melanismin found in these shells and shows us what determines the merely
uncommon from the super-rare.Today it is almost impossible to get
specimens like this because they known form only a small protected area.
These shells are highly desirable and, those that are seen for sale
from old collections can reach astronomical prices.