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The variability of the operculum in Nucella lapillus (Gastropoda, Muricidae) from a colony in Audresselles, France
Keppens, M.; Dhondt, K.; Mienis, H.K. (2008). The variability of the operculum in Nucella lapillus (Gastropoda, Muricidae) from a colony in Audresselles, France. Vita Malacologica 7: 15-19
In: Vita Malacologica. Dutch Malacological Society = Nederlandse Malacologische Vereniging: Leiden. ISSN 1572-6371, more
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Keywords
    Marine molluscs; Predation; Muricidae Rafinesque, 1815 [WoRMS]; Nucella lapillus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; ANE, France, French Coast [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Keppens, M.
  • Dhondt, K.
  • Mienis, H.K.

Abstract
    In April 2007 the first two authors investigated the rocky outcrops on the beach of Audresselles, northwest France, for the presence of marine molluscs. Special attention was paid to Nucella lapillus (Linnaeus, 1758), also known as the Atlantic dog-whelk. A study of the collected material revealed that part of the specimens possessed a strongly reduced operculum, some animals were even completely devoid of an operculum. The aim of this article is to provide some information concerning the variability of the operculum in this population of Nucella lapillus.

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