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Umbilical Egg Shell

Calpurnus verrucosus


A sea snail from the allied cowries-Ovulidae family. Shell to 3.5 cm (1 1/2 in.). Mantle and foot white with numerous black (occasionally brown) spots. Here also on soft coral Sacrophyton sp.


Indo West Pacific.This species is mainly distributed in the tropical South East Africa and in the Western Pacific Ocean, in the waters along Madagascar, Mascarene Islands, Red Sea, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines. Living cowries can mainly be encountered in daylight under soft corals, sponges and rocks in shallow to deep waters at a depth of 20-50 m. They primarily feed on the polyps of Leather Corals (Sacrophyton and Lobophytum species, Alcyoniidae). At night they spread their mantles on the top of the soft coral and start grazing on the polyps.

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1 Comment

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

WOW what a specimen great series Marta :)

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Bohol, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 7, 2012
Submitted on Dec 9, 2012

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