Tooth Use and Wear in Three Iron-Biomineralizing Mollusc Species

@article{Shaw2010ToothUA,
  title={Tooth Use and Wear in Three Iron-Biomineralizing Mollusc Species},
  author={J. Shaw and D. Macey and L. Brooker and P. Clode},
  journal={The Biological Bulletin},
  year={2010},
  volume={218},
  pages={132 - 144}
}
Chitons and limpets harden their teeth with biominerals in order to scrape algae from hard rock surfaces. To elucidate relationships between tooth structure and function, light and electron microscopy were used to examine naturally worn teeth in three species of mollusc with iron-mineralized teeth and to analyze the grazing marks left by members of these species feeding on wax. For the two chiton species, teeth wore down progressively from the medial to the lateral edge of the cusp, while for… Expand
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