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ERNST HAECKEL: ART FORMS IN NATURE

PROSOBRANCHIA: Schnecken (Mollusca: Gastropoda)

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These marine snails were discovered by scientists before Haeckel but were never better depicted. The double-spine snail (left center) with its grayish shell and rows of protruding parallel prongs, was found in the Indian Ocean and first described by Lamarck. The Emperor, "Kaiserlich," snail (top left), also from the Indian Ocean, was first documented by Linnaeus. The large jagged, fluted, and grooved specimen in the center was discovered by Lamarck and later described by Haeckel as "an arrogant, oval shaped snail."


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