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Seashells - Miscellany

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submitted by Museum Administration on 16.10.2003

Tusk Shells

Tusk Shells
Copyright (2003) Kythera Museum Of Natural History

The Tusk Shell, Dentalium vulgare, is a member of the Class Scaphopoda, characterized by a long, narrow shell that opens at both ends. Scaphopods bury themselves in the mud in deep water, and can be found washed up on the beach after a storm. Over 300 species of Tusk Shell exist. These were found at Diakofti, and measure 2 to 3.5 cm long. Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

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