Shellfish

Temple snail

The shape characteristics of siting Baoluo

Nestiocypraea teramachii teramachii is a mollusk of Gastropoda. The shell is thick, nearly pear shaped, protruding at the front and rear ends, and the spiral layer 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, light brown, and the pattern is weak. 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 East China Sea, Taiwan, Japan, India and Pacific Ocean. This is a kind of rare shellfish which is sought after by collectors. The price of each piece in the international market is as high as 2500-5000 US dollars / piece.
It lives in the tropical and subtropical shallow sea, and often lives in the reef bottom near the low tide line of the intertidal zone. When the tide recedes, it often hides under the reef rocks, between the gaps and caves of the coral reefs. It moves slowly and is afraid of strong light. It sleeps in coral caves or rocks during the day, and goes out for food at dawn or dusk. It is a 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.