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submitted by Museum Administration on 17.10.2003

Opercula of Rough Stars

Opercula of Rough Stars
Copyright (2003) Kythera Museum Of Natural History

The Rough Star Shell, Astrea rugosa, has a brilliant orange operculum, the little door that allows the snail to close itself in. These opercula gleam like jewels, and in fact they are sometimes set as precious objects into gold rings and pendants. Photograph © James Prineas, 2003

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