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Giant limpets

Giant limpets
Image by Samara Nicholas, published on 18/10/2012

These giant limpets are found only at the Kermadec Islands, and growing to 200mm are some of the largest in the world.  The shell grows to fit the rock on the limpets "home" to avoid being washed off by waves. 
Small limpets are males, but they change to females once they grow bigger.

Tags: Experiencing Marine Reserves | Magical Marine Reserves & Marine Parks | Kermadec Islands | NZ Biodiversity | Adaptations | Invertebrates | Mollusca (snails, sea-slugs, chitons, shellfish, octopus) | Kermadec

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