2 posts tagged sea butterfly

22nd May 2013
Pteropods are tiny marine mollusks separated into two groups, the sea butterflies (clade Thecosomata) and the sea angels (clade Gymnosomata). Sea butterflies develop shells, but sea angels do not. These tiny gastropods are such a major dietary staple of larger marine species, they are affectionately deemed the potato chips of the sea.
Photo courtesy of NOAA

Pteropods are tiny marine mollusks separated into two groups, the sea butterflies (clade Thecosomata) and the sea angels (clade Gymnosomata). Sea butterflies develop shells, but sea angels do not. These tiny gastropods are such a major dietary staple of larger marine species, they are affectionately deemed the potato chips of the sea.

Photo courtesy of NOAA


I am Ashley, an incredibly introverted environmental enthusiast.
I'm studying to be a marine biologist.
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