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A Golden Wentletrap Snail, Epitonium billeeanum, has inserted its proboscis into its favorite prey, a colony of Orange Cup Coral, Tubastraea sp. Soon after consuming each coral polyp, the snail deposits sticky, yellowish eggs in the empty coral skeleton.  The eggs bear a close resemblence to the stinging tentacles of the coral, an adaptation probably designed to discourage predators from eating the eggs.  Richelieu Rock, Thailand, Andaman Sea
A Golden Wentletrap Snail, Epitonium billeeanum, has inserted its proboscis into its favorite prey, a colony of Orange Cup Coral, Tubastraea sp. Soon after consuming each coral polyp, the snail deposits sticky, yellowish eggs in the empty coral skeleton. The eggs bear a close resemblence to the stinging tentacles of the coral, an adaptation probably designed to discourage predators from eating the eggs. Richelieu Rock, Thailand, Andaman Sea
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