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Limpet tongue, light microscopy

Limpet tongue, light microscopy

C027/5960

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STEVE LOWRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE LOWRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Polarised light microscopy of the tongue, or radula, of the common limpet (Patella vulgata). The tongue is used to scrape algae of the surface of rocks. In life the radula is looped within the body and as each exposed section is worn down it is replaced by a new section. The teeth are formed from a histidine rich protein and are one of the hardest natural substances known. Magnification: x80 at 10cm wide.

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