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Antalis pretiosum  (Wampum Tuskshell)

Photo of Antalis pretiosum by <a href="www.ronshimek.com">Ronald Shimek</a>
© Ronald Shimek (Photo ID #39413)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location Hammond Pass, Near Edward King Island, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, BC. Photographer Ronald Shimek
Habitat High Energy (= much wave action) Shell Fragment Sand
Photo Date August 15, 1985 Upload Date May 21, 2013
Elevation (m) -20
UTM Zone # Latitude 48.8447222222222
UTM Easting Longitude -125.230833333333
UTM Northing Photo ID # 39413
Notes See the comments with the other specimen of Antalis that I have uploaded. This one was collected at the same time. These shells are very rugged and after the mollusk dies, the shell will be occupied by the straight hermit crab, Orthopagurus minimus. Antalis is almost never exposed when alive, many of the so-called images of this scaphopod actually just show the scaphopod shell with the hermit crab in it. The hermit crabs little legs poking out ot the larger aperture of the shell is a dead give away that the photo is not of the mollusk. Many - probably most - of the shells collected by the natives in their trade of these shells where hermit crab inhabited. It would be very difficult using the published methods of collection to actually catch a living scaphopod.


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