National Geographic : 1937 Feb
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE National Geographic Society Painted by Else Bostelmann under direction OYSTERS GROW ON TREES IN SOUTHERN MANGROVE SWAMPS oy vv. miner Named for the raccoons that relish them, COON OYSTERS cluster about and cling to side roots of the COMMON MANGROVE. Running over the oysters in search of worms and small mollusks is a MANGROVE CRAB, with long jointed legs and menacing claws. When covered by the flood tide, the SPOTTED COWRY (upper center) pushes out from the slit in its pear-shaped shell a resplendent mantle which polishes and enamels its outside surface. The animal slides forward on its brightly colored foot and explores with two waving tentacles equipped with eyes. A MUD CRAB lingers in the foreground.