Shellfish

Huamaobaoluo

The shape characteristics of Baoluo huamaobao

Melicerona felina felina is a mollusk of Gastropoda. The shell is long ovate, nearly tubular, and the spiral is involute. The shell is long and narrow, with fine teeth on the outer and inner lips. The mantle is thin and bilobate, and the shell is almost completely covered in the living body. The helix almost disappeared from the adult, but the adult did not. The shell surface is smooth and glossy, and the base is flat. The back is grayish black or grayish blue, covered with brown freckles and 4 intermittent dark brown transverse bands. It lives in tropical and subtropical warm sea areas, and can be traced from intertidal zone to deep reef, coral reef or sediment seabed. It mainly feeds on algae or corals. Because of its beautiful shape, it is favored by the majority of shellfish collectors, with high ornamental and collection value.
It is distributed in the Indian Western Pacific Ocean. From Hyogo County of Japan in the north, the Philippines in the south, Indonesia in the northeast of Australia; in the East, from the Samoya islands to the west, through the Solomon Islands to the Indian Ocean Islands. It is produced in Taiwan and Penghu Islands of China.
It lives in tropical and sub zone shallow sea, inhabits near the low tide area of intertidal zone or the bottom of reef in shallow sea. When the tide recedes, it moves slowly under the rocks of the reefs, between the interstices of the coral reefs and in the caves. They are afraid of strong light. They hibernate in coral caves or rocks during the day and go out to look for food at dawn or dusk. They are carnivorous species. They prey on sponges, foraminifera, algae, corals and small crustaceans with their tongues.
It is hermaphroditic. The spawning season is from March to July. The eggs are usually laid in coral caves, empty shells and dark places. After laying eggs, the female does not leave the egg group, but lies on the top of the egg group to protect it deliberately until hatching.