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Naturalist Notebook 

September 27, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

This one?
Photo: N. Sincero 2011

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal is fairly sedentary.
  • This animal is effectively a hemophiliac.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us outside the Project Lab on Friday, September 30th at 11:30 AM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 7:03 am


  1. That is an abalone! Specifically a red abalone in the pic.

    Comment by Margot — September 27, 2011 @ 10:58 am

  2. I agree, it’s abalone.

    Comment by Ilana — September 27, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  3. And you are both right! It is Haliotis rufescens, more commonly known as Red Abalone.
    Photo: Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences
    We’re winding down our celebration of Sea Otter Awareness week, and abalone is one of the foods they consume.

    We’ll have another guess the specimen up for you next week, but in the meantime won’t you tell us Who Pooped?

    Comment by nature — September 30, 2011 @ 9:33 am

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