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Umbrella shell - Umbraculum umbraculum | by Marine Explorer
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Umbrella shell - Umbraculum umbraculum

The umbrella shell lives in Australia and as far afield as Madagascar. It would have to count as one of the strangest-looking molluscs in the sea. It’s shell is a remnant flat structure on top that doesn’t do much except provide a home for algae. The animal is covered in wart-like nodules that aren’t pretty but provide excellent camouflage. Divers can often swim right past one of these, even though they grow quite large – up to 8 cm across. This one is out and about, so you can see the oral tentacles (chemical receptors) and tiny eyes (light receptors).

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Taken on October 11, 2013