Toenail Egg Cowrie

Calpurnus verrucosus

This species is common in intertidal and shallow subtidal areas, frequently seen on soft corals. It grows to about 35 mm long, has a solid, oval and broad shell with a humped back and button-like nodules at the ends of the shell. The animal covers the shell with a white or pale pink mantle that has heavy black or dark brown spots, and the muscular foot is similarly spotted.

Found in Queensland and New South Wales coasts, with a wider Indo-west Pacific distribution.

Toenail Egg Cowrie (Calpurnus verrucosus), Wild Guide to Moreton Bay Toenail Egg Cowrie (Calpurnus verrucosus), Wild Guide to Moreton Bay

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