Whelk radula, polarised light microscopy

Whelk radula, polarised light microscopy

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Caption: Polarised light microscopy of the ventral view of tongue, or radula, of a whelk (Buccinum sp.), showing symmetrical rows of sharp teeth. The teeth are formed by a histidine rich protein and are one of the hardest natural substances known. Magnification: x27 at 10cm wide.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, animal, biological, biology, buccinum, fauna, marine, microscopic, microscopy, mollusca, mollusk, nature, polarised light micrograph, polarized, radula, teeth, tongue, whelk, zoological, zoology

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