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The MAGNETO SNAIL! (and Other Marine Gastropods)

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In 2015, a deep-sea discovery was described to be unlike anything else in the animal kingdom. It was a snail with a shell made out of iron sulphide, with some populations also having magnetic properties in their unique exoskeletons. It made me wonder - what other magnificent marine snails are out there?

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Check out the Field Museum's invertebrate collection: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/science/research/area/invertebrates

Read more about the scaly-foot gastropod (Chrysomallon squamiferum): http://www.wired.com/2015/02/absurd-creature-of-the-week-scaly-foot-snail/

Special thanks to Jochen Gerber for sharing the wonderful world of gastropods with us!

Photo of right side view of Chrysomallon squamiferum from the Kairei vent field. © 2012 Nakamura et al.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chrysomallon_squamiferum_2.png
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