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Index of flora
Index of fauna
Kingdom Animale | Phylum Mollusca | Class Gastropoda
 
Photo by Tan Bee Hong Wandering Cowrie
Cypraea errones

Family Cypraeidae
This family of coral reef snails are greatly sought after by shell collectors.

Cypreae showing proboscis
The wandering cowrie (length 2-3cm) occurs in many variegated forms, feeding on algae and encrusting organisms. The mantle (outer layer of body) covers the shell during movement and secretes pearl-like substances to maintain its glossy appearance.

Larger relatives include the famed Tiger Cowrie, C. tigris (which is actually spotted), and the Arabian Cowrie, C. arabica, both of which are quite rare in local waters.
Introduction
Shore environment
 
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre