Margarita Egg Cowrie (Diminovula margarita)

Also known as Allied Cowry, False Cowry Ovulid

Description

Also known as Allied Cowry, False Cowry Ovulid.

Found attached to its host coral Dendronephthya over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on coral polyps.
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. Ref: x

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