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Molluscs (mollusks, Mollusca) including cowries, sea slugs (in particular, nudibranchs) and giant clams. Part 14 of my DVD, "Reef Life of the Andaman", available at http://www.bubblevision.com/marine-life-DVD.htm

The first category of molluscs we look at is cowries in the family Cypraeidae, which is in the class gastropods (Gastropoda). Cowries have a pretty, glossy shell which can be covered by their bilobed mantle. The mole cowry (Talparia talpa) and tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris) are two common species that feature from the Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Myanmar).

We then take a look at some of the sea slugs (opisthobranchs, Opisthobranchia) to be found in the Andaman Sea. The area has many pretty nudibranchs (Nudibranchia) and amongst others we find a Chromodoris geminus at Richelieu Rock, north of the Similan Islands in Thailand, and a group of 3 Chromodoris annulata at Black Rock in the Mergui Archipelago. Wart slugs in the family Phyllidiidae are also represented, particularly those of the Phyllidia genus such as Phyllidia varicosa.

Finally we take a look at the fluted giant clam, Trdacna squamosa, which is a large bivalve (bivalvia) found on many Thailand dive sites.

The full narration is available as English, German or Spanish subtitles by turning on the closed captions (CC). There are also closed captions available showing scientific and common names of the molluscs in English, German or Dutch, along with dive site names.

Thanks to Mark Ellison for the first music track, "Hidden Depths", and to Kevin MacCleod (http://www.incompetch.com) for the second music track, "Deliberate Thought".

"Reef Life of the Andaman" is being serialised weekly on YouTube. Please subscribe to my channel to receive notifications of new episodes as I release them. The series features descriptions of 213 different marine species including more than 100 tropical fish, along with sharks, rays, moray eels, crabs, lobsters, shrimps, sea slugs, cuttlefish, squid, octopus, turtles, sea snakes, starfish, sea cucumbers, corals, worms etc..

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The video was shot by Nick Hope with a Sony VX2000 DV camera in a Gates housing. It was edited in Sony Vegas Pro then deinterlaced with QTGMC and upscaled to 720p HD in AviSynth.

Thanks to Santana Diving of Phuket (http://www.santanaphuket.com), to Elfi and Uli Erfort for help with the German translation, and to Frank Nelissen for the Dutch subtitles.


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