Sea Snails (Ovulidae)
(formerly known as Globovula margarita) Allied Cowries.
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Also known as (formerly known as Globovula margarita) Allied Cowries.
Found on coral and rocky reefs on the host coral Dendronephthya.
They feed on soft corals and gorgonians.
Length - 1.5cm
Depth - 5-30m
Widespread West Pacific
Ovulidae usually have plain shells and brightly coloured mantles.
The Cowries are probably the most admired and sought after by shell collectors.
Cowries have few predators, but the mollusc-eating cones like Conus textile and octopus can inject venom into the cowry's flesh through a small hole and then sucks out the contents.
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