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The spectacular marine snail comes from depths of 2785m, living on the edge of hydrothermal vents and black smokers that reach temperatures of 300-400°C. The ‘foot’ of this snail displayed hundreds of hardened tags, almost like an armour. These tags are called sclerites; fleshy in the centre and hard on the exterior and covered by a layer of iron sulphide that gives it a black metallic appearance.

*Under Armour: the amazing new scaly-foot snail, by Harriet Wood*
Read more... http://museum.wales/blog/2015-07-17/Under-Armour-the-amazing-new-scaly-foot-snail/

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