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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Cypraeidea
Saul's cowrie
Palmadusta saulae
Family Cypraeidae
updated Jul 2020

Where seen? This cowrie with a bright orange body is seldom seen. It is was previously known as Cypraea saulae.

2.5cm. Shell cylindrical, pale blue or greyish with 3 broad very pale brown bands and sparse tiny brown speckles all over.
Sometimes, but not always, with one or a few brown blotches. Underside white with dark brown spots, without coloured 'teeth'. The living animal has a bright orange mantle with sparse short white translucent 'hairs'.

Pulau Sekudu, Jul 13

Saul's cowries on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Grateful thanks to Tan Siong Kiat and Wong Hoong Wei for identifying this snail



  • 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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