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Holes in an old shell

Observed: 11th August 2011 By: lalows2lalows2’s reputation in Invertebrateslalows2’s reputation in Invertebrateslalows2’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Not sure what species of shell it is but what made the holes?

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Mike Kendall's picture

its hard to be sure.

Holes like this can come from boring sponges such as Cliona or can result from the activities of the small polychaete worm Polydora ciliata. There is some evidence of lateral galleries so I suspect the latter.

Mike Kendall

lalows2's picture

Weird & wonderful

Thanks Mike

The more I look on the beach the more I discover I don't know and have never even heard of. Will be researching Cliona and Polydora, I'm sure they'll reapppear.

Cheers

Dave

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ChrisMcA's picture

Identification

Oops I didn't know it'd been commented on!