Thursday, October 15, 2009

Partridge Tun

Today's post is a brief look at a mollusc with a beautiful shell and a somewhat startling appearance. The Partridge Tun is a nocturnal animal that appears far too big to fit into its shell. The flesh extending out of the shell is a muscular foot which the snail glides upon at a surprisingly fast clip (for a snail).
The shell itself is medium-sized and extremely delicate. An empty shell can be easily crushed in one's hand and is so thin that even a weak light source shines through it.
A mature adult Partridge Tun is around 6 to 7 inches long. The common name comes from the pattern on the shell which is reminiscent of a partridge's plumage.
                                                                     All photos Copyright 2009 by Barry Fackler

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