Malacology is the study of mollusks. This includes animals like octopus, snails, slugs, and clams. It is the second largest phylum of animals, making them one of the most successful groups on the planet. There are over 80,000 described species of mollusks with many more left to be discovered. Mullusca is composed of 8 recognized classes including Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Polyplacophora, Scaphapoda, Monoplacophorans, the Aplacophorans, Caudofoveata and Solenogastres, and Bivalvia.
Length (mm): 75-133
This is an inflated shell with the last shell whorl of adults concealing the spire. This shell is similar to the Atlantic Deer Cowry but it is typically wider with larger and less abundant white spots or rings covering the adult shell. Juvenile shells are tan to light brown with bands of white encircling the shell. As they mature the shell darkens, the white bands are lost, and white spots become apparent.
North Carolina to Brazil
0 to 37 meters
Marine; Coral reefs and among sea grasses
This is also sometimes called the Measled Cowry.
MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Macrocypraea zebra (Linnaeus, 1758). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=419723 on 2021-06-23
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