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Zigzag Cowry

Palmadusta ziczac

Description:

Also referred to as Cypraea ziczac. This small cowry has three latitudinal white bands containing repetitive chevron patterns (appearing like a zigzag) on its outer shell. Its mantle is bright orange and the papillae are white.

Habitat:

This species is distributed in the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and in the western Pacific Ocean. Found in intertidal waters up to depths of 5 to 20m, in sandy lagoons and on coral reef, usually hiding under coral and rocks.

Notes:

Spotted this bright-orange critter crawling at a pretty quick clip at a sand-and-mud site, off the northeastern coast of Samal Island, Davao Gulf. It was in about 15m of water. The cowrie measured less than 2cm.

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7 Comments

Duprasi
Duprasi 5 years ago

Cowries are not poisonous. Cone snails are.

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thank you, Gerardo, ArgyBee and suri.yang.3!

@suri.yang.3 -- I know there are some cowries or sea shells that have poisonous appendages that they use to defend themselves. But I'm not sure about this species.

suri.yang.3
suri.yang.3 9 years ago

very beautiful! Is it poisonos?

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Very nice :)

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Haha! Yeah, it did look very cute when I saw it.

OnengDyah
OnengDyah 9 years ago

Cute..

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Finally got this cowry identified! Yay!

Blogie
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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 24, 2012
Submitted on Mar 25, 2012

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