Category Archives: Modern shells

Black clumped oysters at Rhossili

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Wild Oysters on the Queensland Coast Part 1

Originally posted on Jessica's Nature Blog:
I have written a lot about the natural variations in oyster shells belonging to the British Native, Flat, or European Oyster, Ostrea edulis Linnaeus. However variable these shells may be, it is always…

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Black Oyster Shells on the Beach 1

An example of a black-stained oyster shell, Native or Flat European Oyster (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus), washed ashore at Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula. The colour is due to prolonged burial in anoxic sediments. For more information about this phenomenon … Continue reading

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Worm Tubes on Oyster Shells 1 – Calcareous Tubes

Organisms that live on other creatures and inanimate objects are known as epibionts. Epibionts include various kinds of marine worms. Some worms attach to objects like seashells, while the mollusc is still alive and also when the shell is empty, … Continue reading

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Holes in Old Oyster Shells 1 – Sponge Borings

An explanation of how these holes are made in shells and in stones can be found in the blog postings Sponge borings in Flat Oyster Shells and Pebbles with holes made by boring sponges in Jessica’s Nature Blog. COPYRIGHT JESSICA … Continue reading

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Posts about OYSTER SHELL VARIATIONS

Over on my other┬ásite – Jessica’s Nature Blog – I have been writing about the natural history of the seashore for 18 months now. Many of the postings are about seashells and marine molluscs. These include 39 articles about the … Continue reading

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