|Shell of the Crusty Nautilus|
Species: A. Scrobiculatus
The Crusty Nautilus (also known as the Fuzzy Nautilus) is a species of nautilus found principally in the waters near New Guinea and the Solomon Islands of the south pacific.
The most obvious element by which to recognize the Crusty Nautilus is the large open umbilicus (in the center of the shell when viewed from the side). This shell acquires its name from the outer covering, or periostracum, of the live shell that can appear crusty or shaggy.
|Live Crusty Nautilus|