The map cowrie was named on the basis of its distinct color pattern, because of the longitudinal lines and the easily distinguishable and sinuous mantle groove, which creates a resemblance to ancient maps.

This is considered an economically important species in the Indo-West Pacific, where it is usually collected both for food and for shell trading Leporicypraea mappa is widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific. It is present in many regions, including East Africa, Madagascar, southeastern Red Sea, eastern Polynesia, southern Japan, Australia and New Caledonia. This exceptionally wide range may possibly be an artifact.

Some conchologists claim that the taxonomy of the species is poorly resolved; if the map cowrie is discovered to be cryptic species complex, then this could drastically change the range of its distribution.

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – beautiful pattern

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Beautiful pink base!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Dwarf, rare locality from Pulau Kapas, Malaysia

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Dwarf, rare locality from Pulau Kapas, Malaysia

Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Dwarf, rare locality from Pulau Kapas, Malaysia

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Exceptional dark and nice mantle line!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Execptional freak!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Execptional size! 96.8mm!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Giant! 92.2mm!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – heavy, solid and pink specimen

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Nice lateral spots

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Nice pattern!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Nice pattern!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Nice pattern!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Overglazed

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Pink base, with beautiful spotting!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Rare dark purple base, very glossy! Rare locality from Pulau Kapas, Malaysia

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Rare locality from Pulau Kapas, Malaysia

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Rare locality from Pulau Kapas, Malaysia

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Rare locality from Pulau Kapas, Malaysia, beautiful pattern!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – rare locality from Pulau Kapas, Malaysia, interesting dark pattern on left margin!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Rare locality from Pulau Kapas, Malaysia, interesting dorsal pattern with beautiful margin spottings!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Set of 3

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Super mantle line!

Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Superb cross pattern!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Superb dorsal pattern!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Superb mantle line!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Very nice elongated specimen!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – Very nice mantle line!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – very nice pattern!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – very nice pattern!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa – very nice pattern!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa -exceptional mantle line!

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Leporicypraea mappa mappa -Nice Vietnam specimen!