Rosy Spindle Cowry (Phenacovolva rosea)

Also known as Allied Cowry, False Cowry, Gorgonian Spindle Cowry, Rosy Spindle Cowry

Description

Also known as Allied Cowry, False Cowry, Gorgonian Spindle Cowry, Rosy Spindle Cowry.

Found in the branches of its host coral Dendronephthya over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on the gorgonian polyps.
Colour varies.
Length - 7cm
Depth - 5-30m
Widespread Indo-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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