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Rosy Spindle Cowrie

Pehnacovolva rosea


From the Ovulid Family, also sometime known as fake cowries, the Spindle cowries lives on the soft corals that it eats. The colour patterns of their mantles closely resemble the prey species leading to remarkable camouflage. This is due to the phenomenon of "alimentary homochromy" (obtaining the same color as the host by feeding on the host).


Solitary on a sea fan at ~20m

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Cebu, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 12, 2012
Submitted on Feb 13, 2012


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