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Gastropod eggs from B.C.

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This is a stretch; Northern Vancouver Island, quite small, each about 1/3 inch long. Any clues would be appreciated. I believe they are whelk egg cases.....

 

Cheers,

Marli

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I am pretty sure that they are cephalopod eggs of some kind.

 

/Bent

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Here is why I think they are gastropod eggs:

 

whelk eggs

 

They are way too small for the cephalopods we have in B.C.:

 

GPO's and Rubecens octopus are much larger and are laid in dens.

 

Stubby squid eggs are the shape of a Dairy Queen ice cream cone, and again far larger.

 

The ridges are interesting, and also differ from Cephalopod eggs.

 

???????????

 

Marli

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They do resemble the egg capsules of a Nucella. There are several species in the N.E. Pacific. I have seen those of N. lamellosa with the snails but they were in the intertidal.

 

Rick Harbo at DFO may be able to help. He has a guide book but not all spp are shown with egg capsules.

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Thanks Tom;

I'm hopefully not out of the park on this one.

 

Marli

 

Sorry, I totally missed the size in your first post!

 

/Bent

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