Legend has it that Saint Patrick gave a four-leaf clover to a group of his followers; the fourth leaf put there by God to bring…View More The Beauty of Rarity
Sub-Neritic Gentrification For November we will be doing some deep thinking about deep-sea mollusks in an attempt to understand the complex history and adaptations of…View More Malacology Monthly: Going Deep
Not all snails scour the ocean bottom for algae and muck, but some have more refined tastes. But taste is one thing, and having the…View More Malacology Monthly: It Eats Whaaaat?
Evolution is repetitive, especially if it produces adaptations that work well. If it’s all about survival, spines do the trick throughout the mollusk world. Scorpion Without…View More Malacology Monthly: Spines and How to Use Them
My love of snail shells did not begin at a young age. This is not a story of a 6-year old boy discovering his first…View More Digital Seashells and David Raup
The carrier shells of the family Xenophoridae are the most remarkable bunch of snails. Both their common name and their Latin name give away their…View More These Are A Few of My Favorite Species: Carrier Shells
Readers of DSN may think they know my favorite organism. Did you guess the giant isopod or did you guess the giant squid? Those beasties…View More The masters of bling, carrier snails
The holidays are a time for lists: shopping list, grocery list for the holiday meal, things I must accomplish before the year ends, and Santa’s…View More The Twelve Days of Snails
Why don’t animal’s use wheels in locomotion? Why aren’t blue whales bigger? Why are there no freshwater starfish? Why are there no tree dwelling cephalopods?…View More If Molluscs Could Communicate What Would They Say?
You might have noticed that my posting frequency is down recently. Why? 1. Kevin Z convinced me to start Tweeting. There seems to be an…View More What’s New With the Dr. M and the Oceans?