October 13, 2005
From: Mark Seward
Concerning your message #4216:
If it is of any use to you, I lived on Masirah Island for 5 years and naturally ended up (as an enthusiastic and amateur shell collector) with a couple of the Acteon eloiseae shells, and a large variety of assorted Cowries and Cymatium. The "eloise" are peculiar to one beach area on the island only - a place called Sur Masirah approximately half way down the west side of the island. I found them on sand in water filled tidal gullies near the low water mark, normally living in or near sea grass, and in an area populated also with olive shells. Unfortunately just before I left the island in 1993, the breeding area of the shells had been witnessed being "hoovered" and a very large quantity of the "eloise" had been removed live. Additionally the indigenous population had cottoned on to the fact that people desired this shell, and they started indiscriminately removing live shells also to try and sell.
Hoping this may be of some use. If you would like any other info. please do not hesitate to contact me here in Saudi Arabia.
Locality: Sur Masirah Id. Sultanate of Oman, Arabian Sea. Depth: Surface or to 1 ft. Length: 25 - 35 mm. 1989 - 1993. Sandy bottom, sea grass in gullies. Photographer: Mark Seward
email@example.comSeward, M., 2005 (Oct 13) Re: Natural history of Acteon eloiseae. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15000