Calpurnus verrucosus (Black-spotted egg cowrie)


Mantle and foot are white with numerous black (occasionally brown) spots.


Common in tropical waters.


Red Sea, East Africa, Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific. Living cowries can mainly be encountered in daylight under soft corals, sponges and rocks in shallow to deep waters at a depth of 20-50 meters.



Shell grows up to 3,5 cm.

Prey / Predation

They primarily feed on the polyps of Leather Corals (Sacrophyton and Lobophytum species, Alcyoniidae). At night they spread their mantles on the top of the soft coral and start grazing on the polyps.

Special features

Mostly seen during the night, when they feed on top of corals, during the day they hide under corals