Cowrie

Tiger Egg Cowrie
Cuspivolva tigris

  My favourite cowrie is the wonderful Tiger Egg Cowrie. It’s taken me 4 years in Indonesian to finally find one. Another great find in Ambon. Like all the Cowries, the amazing patterns and colours are not actually on their shells. The colours and patterns you see come from the cowrie’s mantle shirt, which is …

Tiger Egg Cowrie
Cuspivolva tigris
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Egg Cowrie (juvenile)
Ovula ovum

  As adult, Egg Cowries are not the most exciting of critters. Most divers would swim over one, as the do not ever seem to move, and are completely covered by their black mantles. They sit on leathery soft coral, which they eat. The juveniles, however, are very beautiful, and very occasionally we catch one moving. These …

Egg Cowrie (juvenile)
Ovula ovum
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