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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Cypraeidea
Four-spot cowrie
Eclogavena quadrimaculata
Family Cypraeidae
updated Jul 2020

Where seen? This little cowrie is sometimes seen on our Southern shores among coral rubble near living reefs. It was previously known as Cypraea quadrimaculata.

Features: 2-3cm.
Shell cylindrical, generally pale blue with 4 very pale brown bands and small brown speckles all over. There are four large rather triangular brown spots on the shell, two spots at the front end of the shell and two at the back end. The underside is white, the 'teeth' are raised and not coloured. The living animal has a dark to black mantle with white or pinkish spots.

When the shell is completely covered in its mantle, it is sometimes mistaken for a sea slug. Here's more on how to tell apart slugs and animals that look like slugs.

Beting Bemban Besar, Aug 12

Raised 'teeth' on the underside.


Sentosa, Sep 08

Sentosa, Sep 08

Sisters Island, Oct 11

Four-spot cowries on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Terumbu Raya, Aug 14

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Semakau, May 11

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Acknowledgement
With grateful thanks to Tan Siong Kiat of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research for identifying this cowrie.

Links

References

  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore (pdf), Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
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