Palmadusta ziczac (Linnaeus, 1758)
Zigzag Cowry, 12-17mm

While not uncommon in some parts of the Indo-Pacific, Palmadusta ziczac is one of the rarer cowries at Kwajalein. The few specimens have come from under rocks on the seaward reef slope and in surge channels, and occasionally from lagoon pinnacles and the leeward interisland reefs. One was also found in a sandy lagoon Halimeda patch. While most have been observed in water between 6-20m deep, one living juvenile was in a bag of loose sand and rubble brought up from the deeper seaward reef slope. This species ranges across most of the Indo-Pacific except for Hawaii.

Created 1 April 2008
Updated 10 October 2009

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