Washed Ashore: False Angelwing

Photo of False Angelwing

I found these False Angelwing (Petricolaria pholadiformis) shells on Laudholm Beach in Wells, ME. These shells are petite -- about 2" long -- compared to the shells of the true Angelwing (Cyrtopleura costata) which can be 6-8" (for photo comparisons of these species, view this post at i Love Shelling). False Angelwing shells are thin and fragile, and as a result I was unable to locate an undamaged specimen. Is it just me, or do these shells embody the rhythmic energy of the ocean? (To view the following photos in full-size, click here.)

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