Egg cowrie

Egg cowrie

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Egg cowrie (Ovula ovum, white) on leather coral on which it feeds. Egg cowries are a type of marine snail that feed on coral. They cover their shell with a mantle (black) which is usually brightly coloured. In this way they look similar to a sea slug (nudibranch). This may help them avoid predation, as nudibranchs are usually highly toxic. Photographed off the coast of Rincah Island, Indonesia.

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