Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Money cowry

I saw some cowries when I was in Coral Bay. I consulted Snail , who ID them to be the money cowry, Cypraea moneta. Thanks Snail!

I googled the name and found this photo which looks quite similar to mine.

The rocky shore in the south of the Coral Bay jetty - where I found those cowries one evening.

The mantle envelops the shell, getting rid of stuff that lands on the shell and keeping the shell clean. The mantle also deposits enamel onto the shell keeping it polished or glossy.

Inhalant water siphon

Small projections of the mantle which help the animal extracts oxygen from the water

This one almost enveloped its shell completely with its mantle - probably feeling relaxed or sleeping. A cowry will quickly draw its mantle back into the shell when disturbed.


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wow, very special, i like it.

ria said...

Fabulous! I do find cowries fascinating. That's a really nice find and great photos and info. Thanks for sharing.

roentarre said...

This is a wonderful post. Great photography in ded here

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Thanks guys.

Snail said...

Ya gotta love cowries! It's great that you've got pictures of the live animals because they're pretty amazing-looking molluscs.

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Agreed! Their small finger-like projections and the way cowries drape their mantles over their shells make them much more interesting to look at than an empty shell.