Published: June 9, 2016

The MAGNETO SNAIL! (and other marine gastropods)

Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Brain Scoop

In 2015, a deep-sea discovery was described to be unlike anything else in the animal kingdom. It was a snail with a shell made out of iron sulphide, with some populations also having magnetic properties in their unique exoskeletons. It made me wonder - what other magnificent marine snails are out there? 

Check out the Field Museum's invertebrate collection.

Read more about the scaly-foot gastropod (Chrysomallon squamiferum).

Special thanks to Jochen Gerber for sharing the wonderful world of gastropods with us! 

Photo of right side view of Chrysomallon squamiferum from the Kairei vent field. © 2012 Nakamura et al. 

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