Ovula ovum (Linnaeus, 1758)
common egg cowrie
Ovula ovum
photo by Batoy, Corazon B.

Family:  Ovulidae (egg cowries), subfamily: Ovulinae
Max. size:  11 cm SHL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 20 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific.
Biology:  Traditionally used in Melanesia for the decoration of boats. Occasionally used as food, but mainly collected for its shell (Ref. 349). In shallow waters, it is near black, soft corals or sponges (Ref. 799). Common on the large fleshy soft coral Sarcophyton (Ref. 349). Members of the order Neotaenioglossa are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktonic trocophore larvae and later into juvenile veligers before becoming fully grown adults (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 06.04.06
Modified by: Bato-David, Elizabeth - 07.02.13

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