Tigers are so weird.
|Image: Bernard DUPONT|
They belong to a family of gastropods known as cowry allies or, if you're feeling particularly uncharitable, false cowries. False. Like fakes.
Never call a tiger a fake to its face. It'll be outraged. And outrage takes up a lot of energy so it'll also be hungry. And you're there, right in front of its face.
In the case of the Tiger Egg Cowry, the shell is light orange. All those lovely stripes and intense colours come from the mantle, part of the snail's soft body, which stretches up and completely covers the shell.
Check out that flexible siphon! It takes in water through that thing
With these bold patterns you have a good chance of spotting a Tiger Egg Cowry even though they're a mere 1.5 cm (0.6 in) long. It'll be climbing up soft corals and quite possibly munching on coral flesh.
It is a tiger after all.