PHOTOS: Tiny Tropical Island Yields a Wealth of Species

PHOTOS: Tiny Tropical Island Yields a Wealth of Species
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This sea snail both lives and preys on sea fans. Its mantle features warts that mimic the polyps found on its prey.

The warts provide excellent camouflage, protecting it from predators.

"My mandate is to document for this generation the sense of admiration I have for biodiversity," says mollusk expert Philippe Bouchet.

"If people find biodiversity beautiful, ugly, puzzling, or interesting, that's a battle that's won." Warts and all.
—Photograph by Delphine Brabant, MNHN
 
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