Have I Shown You My Chondrophore Collection?

Did you know beach combers collect sand-polished clam condrophores? Chondrophores are internal spoon- or tooth-shaped projections of the shell in some bivalves. Gaper clams (Tresus) are known for their large attractive spoon-shaped chondrophores. A point of attachment for the internal ligament in live gapers, we seek them out on sandy beaches, long after their usefulness…

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Getting to Know Gapers

Everybody loves collecting seashells on the beach and I’ve collected a few myself. Sandy beaches are great for finding beautiful shells because scouring sands keep them clean and round off jagged edges. Currents transport shells long distances from their home waters, so you never know what you’re going to find. I wrote about this in…

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