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butterfly-shaped shell fragment
12-15-2008, 12:31 PM,
butterfly-shaped shell fragment
Can you help me identify the origin of butterfly-shaped shell fragments?  Recently, I have found several with the same shape, so the shape isn't a fluke.  They washed up on beaches in the Pacific Northwest.  I have photos if I can figure out how to post them.


12-15-2008, 02:53 PM,
butterfly-shaped shell fragment
Hi there, we really need pictures. You can find instructions on how to post them elsewhere on this website.
Cheers, Dave
12-16-2008, 01:24 PM,
butterfly-shaped shell fragment
Sounds like shell plates from a chiton.  These molluscs have 8 shell plates in a linear row down their back.  The loose plates are common on beaches where such molluscs live.

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