Mozambique • Mollusca

The identifications were only made on the basis of the photographs which is very hazardous for most of the species. As a consequence the Latin names might not be accurate.
The books used for the identification are listed: bibliography.

The group of molluscs is monophyletic (a common ancestor and all its descendants) although the aspect of its members is very different. A part from coming from a common ancestor, they share anatomical caracteristics and organisation. For an introduction to mollusca, see April website: manandmollusc.net.
There are eight classes of molluscs
but you will only see here representatives of gastropods ans bivalves.

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MOLLUSCA, Gastropoda
Cypraea annulus
Cypraeidae
Cypraea annulus Linnaeus, 1758, very common in shallow water.
Natica eggs
Naticidae sp. (moon shell) eggs
Natica eggs
Naticidae sp. (moon shell) eggs
Strombus
Strombidae
Strombus cf. mutabilis Swainson, 1821
Strombus cf. mutabilis
Strombidae
Strombus cf. mutabilis Swainson, 1821
See also: Strombus gibberulus eaten by a sea anemone.
Lambis cf. millipeda
Strombidae
Lambis cf. millepeda (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dendropoma
Vermetidae, cf. Dendropoma sp.
Dendropoma
Vermetidae, cf. Dendropoma sp. on a Faviidae
Janthina prolongata
Janthinidae, Janthina prolongata Blainville, 1822
Janthina janthina
Janthinidae, Janthina janthina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Nassarius coronatus
Nassariidae
Nassarius cf. coronatus (Bruguiére, 1798)
Conus
Conidae
Conus sp.
Conus
Conidae
Conus cf. tessulatus Born, 1778
Conus
Conidae
Conus sp.
Dolabella
Aplysiidae
Dolabella sp.
Dolabella
Aplysiidae
Dolabella sp.
Dolabella
Aplysiidae
Dolabella sp.
Ceratosoma
Chromodorididae
Ceratosoma cf. tenue Abraham,1876
Chromodoris boucheti
Chromodorididae
Chromodoris boucheti Rudman, 1982
Ceratosoma
Chromodorididae
Ceratosoma cf. tenue Abraham,1876
Phyllidiella rosan
Phyllidiidae
Phyllidiella cf. rosan (Bergh, 1873)
Phyllidia varicosa
Phyllidiidae
Phyllidia varicosa Lamarck, 1801
Phyllidiella rosan
Phyllidiidae
Phyllidiella cf. rosan (Bergh, 1873)
Sea slug eggs
Sea slug eggs
Glaucus atlanticus
Glaucidae
Glaucus atlanticus Forster, 1777
Onchidium
Onchidiidae
Onchidium sp.
Onchidium
Onchidiidae
Onchidium sp.

MOLLUSCA, Bivalvia
Cercopithecus aethiops
Pteriidae
cf. Pinctada margaritifera (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pteria
Pteriidae
Pteria sp.
Spondylus
Spondylidae
Spondylus sp.
Spondylus
Spondylidae
Spondylus sp. with Discosoma sp.
Cercopithecus aethiops
Cercopithecus aethiops
Lopha sp. ( Ostreidae) or Hyotissa sp. (Gryphaeidae) with Parazoanthus sp.
Last update 16/10/06
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