Allied cowrie on a reef

Allied cowrie on a reef

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Allied cowrie (Ovula ovum) on a reef. Cowries are sea snails that cover their shell with a mantle, which is coloured and textured to match the host organism. In this way they resemble sea slugs (nudibranch). This may help them avoid predation, as nudibranchs are usually highly toxic. Photographed off Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.

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