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White lamp shells

White lamp shells

Lamp shells derive their common name from their resemblance to ancient Roman lamps. Most lamp shells attach themselves to the sea floor with a little stalk that resembles a wick. Pictured here, encrusted in sea anemones and seaweed, are some feeding white lamp shells, Liothyrella neozelanica.

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Dennis Gordon and Maggy Wassilieff, 'Marine animals without backbones - Lace corals and lamp shells', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Dennis Gordon and Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006