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Friday, November 9, 2012

Zigzags and blotches

Lined Chiton (Tonicella lineata) with coralline algae.  Photographed near Mendocino, CA, 28 October 2012

While the eye-catching zigzag markings are distinctive in this species, the dark maroon blotches are variable.  I don't recall reading anything about why some individuals have blotches and others don't.  Any ideas?

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