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The Patellogastropoda are the most primitive gastropod molluscs, but, in evolutionary terms, they are a successful species. They are also among the most common molluscs on intertidal rocky shores worldwide. They feed by scraping the fine film of microalgae from what appear to be bare rock surfaces. I collected this sample of limpets near Tungenes in the county of Rogaland in Norway, in a very short space of time.

Color changes may occur because of the ingested pigments such as algae, or other materials including calcium carbonate. Possibly the colouration, may be determined by the geographic distributions of algae on which the limpets feed rather than by intrinsic characteristics of the limpets.

I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I did when I was looking at these shells.

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  • Copyright: Amelia Heath (Ascot) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 1 N: 77] (339)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2009-03-18
  • Categories: Arte
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2010-04-22 23:54
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