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Right: Photograph of the European or spotted cowrie Trivia monacha (da Costa) by Gordon Fletcher.

The soft body of the animal covers part of the lower surface of the shell, leaving only part of the ribbed shell visible. The shell bears three darker spots, which are characteristic of the species. Only one of these spots can be seen clearly in this photo, on the forward part of the shell, above the animals siphon.

  Photographed with its antennae and siphon out as this beast actively searches for its prey.

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