Alien 20


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ALIEN #20 – In between the egg stage and the juvenile stage, most aquatic snails go through the “Veliger” stage of metamorphosis, wherein the species, and even the genus can be extremely difficult to positively identify. This particular Veliger’s foot is divided into 4 cilia-covered arms, and when it unfurls them like snail-sails, they become efficient filters of detritus and minuscule plankton. For my Star Wars friends, I imagine I’m just behind an X-Wing Fighter, approaching the Death Star….”That’s no moon” – Correct; its a radiolarian colony.
Shell width ~3.5mm