Xenophora

Dimensions: 8,6 x 7,9 x 4,7 cm
Scanned: 2016
Scanner: Artec Spider

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Xenophora, commonly called carrier shells, is a genus of medium-sized to large sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Xenophoridae, the carrier snails or carrier shells.¬†The name Xenophora comes from two ancient Greek words, and means “bearing foreigners”, so-called because in most species the snail cements pieces of rock or shells to its own shell at regular intervals as the shell grows.¬†Foreign objects are attached to all whorls, with generally more than 30% of dorsal surface obscured by these objects. Although the foreign objects are usually mollusk shells, pebbles, or small pieces of coral rock, in some instances a bottle cap has been attached by the snail to its shell.