Sometimes the little parts are not only pretty but can tell us about the life history of the animals which we collect.

Sometimes the little parts are not only pretty but can tell us about the life history of the animals we collect. For gastropods (snails), the shape of the tip of the shell can tell us whether this species disperses via larvae (which feed in the plankton) or feeds off their yolk. Image courtesy of INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010.

INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010

INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010: Mission Summary

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