Family: Ovulidae. These shells come in either an egg or spindle shape and, much like their cousins the cowries, have no operculum (trap door). Most are less than one inch long and are commonly found in the Indo-Pacific region, on soft corals, sea fans, and sponges. They also have a colorful mantle, which covers the outside of the shell. Like the cowrie, they use the mantle for camouflage. Interesting Facts: The common name egg shell is derived from the white porcelain-like finish on these beautiful shells.
Common Egg Seashells Ovula Ovum. Although related to Cowries, the Egg sea shell is actually a member of the Ovulidae family (olive sea shells). The exterior is smooth and white and the inside orange-brown. This seashell is common to the Indo-Pacific. Measures approx 3"- 4"
Umbilical Egg Cowrie Seashells Calpurnus verrucosus. This seashell is common to shallow reefs of Indo-Pacific. This white sea shell has tips that are a deep purple color. Measures approx 1".
Flamingo Tongue Seashells Cyphoma gibbosum. This seashell is common from S. E. United States to Brazil. Found on sea whips and sea fan gorgonians. Measures approx 1".