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Ca, 20- Pteriomorphia eludius
Ca, 20- Pteriomorphia eludius
4" x 5"

A mollusk.

A rare marine bivalve found deep within the mid-oceanic ridge of the Indian Ocean.

This species attracts a parasitic barnacle that leaches nutrients from its host organism. The parasitic relationship forces the bivalve to produce excessive amounts of calcium carbonate resulting in the largest known natural pearls. As a pearl grows inside the mollusk shell, it overcrowds the animal--ultimately killing it.