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Cowrie Id. please

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Hi to all mollusc afficionados,

could you pls help me identify this cowrie spotted on Seraya - Bali.

Was strolling quite fast on a mucky environnement, 6m deep, more than 5cm long.

I used to be a shell collector in my South Pacific youth (boooo! ) but couldn't recognize this one.

 

Assessing the mantle color, I thought about Cypraea Cribaria, then i tried to get the mantle slightly uncovering the shell but didn't recognize anything, certainly not the distinctive white cribbling of the cribaria, it was a more indefinite pattern shell.

 

Any ideas?

Thanks

 

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Have you looked at www.poppe-images.com? They're the best image resource for IP molluscs.

 

My two top choices are both species of the cypraeid genus Talostolida:

Talostolida pellucens - http://www.poppe-ima...&photoid=974676

Talostolida teres - http://www.poppe-ima...ostolida teres

 

I'll send it to our mollusc collecton manager who is a cowry researcher & see what he has to say.

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Thanks Leslie,

 

i didn't know about Poppe-images, thanks for the link.

Indeed both of them look good from the shell color and pattern, I first wrote it looked like a Errones shell but was afraid to be terribly wrong.

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I just heard back from Lindsey Groves, our cowry-loving CM. Blasicrura teres pelluscens (Melvill, 1888). Apparently there's a lot of disagreement among specialists about correct names. He prefers the genus name Blasicrura rather than Tolostolida and considers pelluscens to be a subspecies of teres but agrees that's what it probably is.

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