Cowries are amongst the most beautiful of marine snails. They keep their thick shell clean and polished by covering it with a thin fleshy mantle that can be retracted back under the shell when disturbed. The Gold-ring Cowrie grows only to about 30 mm long, and is abundant on eel grass flats in sandy-mud or sand, from the intertidal to the shallow subtidal zones, and in pools on ocean reef platforms.
Common across northern Australia and throughout the Indian and West Pacific Oceans.
Gold-ring Cowrie (Monetaria annulus)
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