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2006-03-13-20-18-39

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

This cunning predatory sea snail is a Yellow Wentletrap Sea Snail (Epitonium billeeanum). It feeds exclusively on Tubastrea coral, and is the only known predator of Orange Cup Coral (Tubastraea coccinea).
This particular speciman was found on the coral reef wall that surrounds Racha Yai Island off the coast of Phuket, Thailand in the Andaman Sea.

· Date: Sat May 27, 2006 · Reference ID: 1518/22006-03-13-20-18-39 · Views: 6705 ·
Keywords: mollusc epitoniidae ptenoglosa caenogastropoda predator hunter coral reef thai tropical mollusk yellow bright color mantle

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Yellow Wentletrap Sea Snail - Epitonium billeeanum
Paul Osmond


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