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Untitled: Trivia monacha: European cowrie: spotted cowrie

Philip Henry Gosse1880/1880

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

The spotted cowrie is a small sea snail which can be found on Devon's rocky shoares. This work by Gosse was probably used as a teaching slide. It shows the snail with its brightly coloured mantle partly covering the pale glossy shell and extending into an orange siphon. The lower drawing shows the detailed structure of the cowrie's radula. This ribbon of repeating 'teeth' is used like a file when feeding.

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  • Title: Untitled: Trivia monacha: European cowrie: spotted cowrie
  • Date: 1880/1880
  • Physical Dimensions: w478 x h608 mm
  • Provenance: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter City Council.
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
  • Medium: Paper collage, on paper painted black
  • Artist: Philip Henry Gosse

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