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New England Coast Intertidal Collection 


Four living specimens each, of three different algae and eight different animals, selected to give a representative overview of intertidal life from both rocky and muddy environments.


ALGAE [Fucus and Ascophyllum (Rockweeds)-These two conspicuous brown algae often dominate the rocky midintertidal zone; Chondrus (Irish Moss)-Common at the mean low water zone, just below the rockweeds.],

CNIDARIAN [Sertularia-A common colonial hydrozoan often found growing on Ascophyllum.],

MOLLUSKS [Mytilus Edulis (Blue Mussel)-A bivalve that can cover large areas, attaching itself to rocks with strong byssal threads; Thais Lapillus (Dog Whelk)-A carnivorous gastropod that preys on barnacles and mussels. It occurs in a variety of colors; Littorina Littorea (Periwinkle)-A herbivorous gastropod, very abundant in the intertidal zone and able to survive some periods out of the water.],

CRUSTACEANS: [Balanus (Barnacle)-When withdrawn tightly into its shell, this crustacean looks more like a mollusk. Common on hard substrates; Gammarus (Scud)-An amphipod very common under rockweeds.].


ANNELID [Nereis (Clamworm)-A common polychaete worm, this very active predator comes equipped with pinching jaws.],

MOLLUSK [Mya Arenaria (Soft-Shelled Clam)-This tasty bivalve is the "steamer" of commercial importance.].

NOTE:   This item requires overnight shipment.  Shipments are made once a week, either Monday or Tuesday, depending on collection conditions, for next day arrival. Collections are subject to weather conditions and fluctuating specimen availability. Exact delivery dates cannot be guaranteed. Please place orders one week in advance of desired shipping date.

Desired Date of Arrival can be entered during checkout. If you are ordering living organisms and want more than one delivery date, you will need to make separate orders for each delivery date.

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