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What Kind of Animal Lives in These Shells? 



The  mollusc, Cymbiolacca pulchra wisemani (Brazier, 1870)
Family: Volutidae
Photographed live by Neville Coleman  
(in Wilson & Gillett, 1971).

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The Molluscs. Many of the creaturcs that inhabit various shells pictured on this web site can be rather spectacular in their living state, particularly those from tropical or semi-tropical waters. In the shell directories that follow, look for pictures of other live molluscs. An asterisk after a name in the family index directory will indicate where we have located available pictures of the living animal, usually in its natural environment. Various on-line contributors have generously made available their personal photographs of living molluscs by posting them on the internet. We have included links to these locations, where appropriate.