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Molluscs – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 14

Molluscs – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 14


This video features molluscs (mollusks, Mollusca) including cowries, sea slugs (in particular, nudibranchs) and giant clams.

The first category of molluscs we look at is cowries in the family Cypraeidae, which is in the class gastropods (Gastropoda). Cowries have a pretty, glossy shell which can be covered by their bilobed mantle. The mole cowry (Talparia talpa) and tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris) are two common species that feature from the Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Myanmar).

We then take a look at some of the sea slugs (opisthobranchs, Opisthobranchia) to be found in the Andaman Sea. The area has many pretty nudibranchs (Nudibranchia) and amongst others we find a Chromodoris geminus at Richelieu Rock, north of the Similan Islands in Thailand, and a group of 3 Chromodoris annulata at Black Rock in the Mergui Archipelago. Wart slugs in the family Phyllidiidae are also represented, particularly those of the Phyllidia genus such as Phyllidia varicosa.

Finally we take a look at the fluted giant clam, Trdacna squamosa, which is a large bivalve (bivalvia) found on many Thailand dive sites.

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