Erosaria spurca  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Mollusca / Gastropoda / Mesogasteropoda / Cypraeidae
Mediterranean Cowry     Maltese name not known
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Frequency in Malta:
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This beautiful and highly polished mollusc was once common on our shores but became rare possibly due to over-picking by humans to sell in exotic necklaces and other ornamental stuff. Now it is a protected species and cannot be picked up (dead or alive).
Special contributor, data input & photos for the Mollusca section courtesy of Owen Mifsud

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