Spotted Cowrie, Trivia monacha

Spotted Cowrie, Trivia monacha

Observation - Spotted Cowrie, Trivia monacha - UK and Ireland. Description: Rock pool searches along Sidmouth beach at low tide revealed this beautiful Cowrie on underside of boulder. We often see the shells washed up on beaches but have never seen them alive so a felt very lucky to see. Note diagnostic 3 dark spots on back of sh

Rock pool searches along Sidmouth beach at low tide revealed this beautiful Cowrie on underside of boulder. We often see the shells washed up on beaches but have never seen them alive so a felt very lucky to see. Note diagnostic 3 dark spots on back of shell – best seen Photo 5. We thought the wavy line along the side of the shells was the actual colouration of the shell but is apparently the brown mantle of the animal. I have learned that this species feeds on sea squirts and on closer examination of photos noted a globular orange mass at the bottom of photos – could this be a species of sea squirt (will add as a separate ID)