Images of a small striped mussel shell

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I really loved the way the light shone through this small mussel shell on my window sill. We normally think of mussel shells as being dull and blue-black in colour but younger, smaller, specimens have more interesting patterns and colours – like this one with its pale cream shell and chequered pattern of blue stripes. The outer, horny, papery periostracum can been see as an irregular buff colour patchy coating.


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One Reply to “Images of a small striped mussel shell”

  1. That is a beautiful shell, Jessica. Much prettier than I expected to see before I clicked. Reminds me a little of a plaid cochina (not that there is any such thing).


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