Egg Cowrie (Ovula ovum)

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Egg Cowrie

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Egg Cowrie

Ovula ovum

38 Litres (10 US G.)

3.8-7.6cm (1.5-3 ")


8.0 - 8.4

22.2-26.7°C (72 -80 °F)

8-12 °d

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

2-3 years

This animal is available captive bred

Alternative names[edit | edit source]

Egg cowry

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in the Central, and western Pacific, throughout Malaysia to the Red Sea.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are smaller than females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This cowrie is not reef safe. Adults are known to eat anemones, sponges and soft corals. Is best in FOWLR set ups, and will cohabit with sea urchins, starfish and tube worms.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Omnivorous. Aside from soft corals, they will eat some algae

Environment Specifics[edit | edit source]

FOWLR will suffice, if you cannot provide stony corals. It, however will best suffice in a FOWLR tank, just to be safe.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]


Identification[edit | edit source]

Has a pale shell, and a colorful mantle. Unlike cowries like the Tiger Cowrie, which is from Cypraeidae, egg cowries are from Ovulidae.

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