Birds of a feather?
|Left: Aperture (opening) of Astyris gausapata. Center: Aperture of Alia carinata. Right: Gastropod radula: Hershler R. & Liu, H.P. (2011).|
Shut the front door
When doves cry
The Puget Sound species are too tiny for people to eat, but shore birds and fish eat them by picking them off intertidal rocks, kelp, and eelgrass. The empty shells of the unlucky snails make perfect dwellings for tiny hermit crabs – so even after they are gone, the dove snails are able to give other animals the precious gift of a home.
By: Dany Burgess & Angela Eagleston, Environmental Assessment Program
Our benthic taxonomists, Dany and Angela, identify and count sediment-dwelling organisms as part of the Marine Sediment Monitoring Program. They track the numbers and types of species they see in order to understand the health of Puget Sound and detect changes over time.
Dany and Angela share their discoveries by bringing us a benthic Critter of the Month. These posts will give you a peek into the life of Puget Sound’s least known inhabitants. Can't get enough benthos? See photos from our Eyes Under Puget Sound collection on Flickr.