One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mollusc of warm seas which camouflages itself by cementing shell fragments and pebbles to its shell.
Family Xenophoridae, class Gastropoda: Xenophora and other genera
- ‘In this case, it is assumed the sponge does the attaching rather than the carrier shell, although this is by no means certain.’
- ‘They are bivalves and really cool carrier shells.’
- ‘Right, a similar carrier shell shows numerous small shells cemented in place around the edges of each whorl.’
- ‘We marvel at the internal intricacy of a well-decorated carrier shell and its adornments.’
- ‘Later I found myself in a veritable colony of carrier shells, Xenophora conchyliophora, each sporting a little green garden on its back.’
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