from the specimen drawer

from the specimen drawer

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blue Mussel Limerick

J. Rogers guessed the two invertebrates on and in the moon snail shell. ON the shell was a colonial hydroid called "snail fur" or Hydractinia echinata. You don't see the tiny, living polyps extended in the picture, but the colony's spiky sort of exoskeleton covering the shell. The animal IN the shell was a flat-clawed hermit crab, Pagurus pollicarus.
For his winning guesses, J. will be receiving a custom limerick about the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis. Hope you like it and it makes your mouth water!

photo copyright 2009

To the Blue Mussel
His byssal threads grip really great
(that he shot through his shell’s pedal gape)
But you’ve got white wine and butta
(oh, the poor little mutha)
He’s now moules marinière on your plate!

Here is a link to a delicious sounding recipe for Moules au roquefort:

Get your blue cheese and French to English dictionary ready!


  1. Thanks Heather it sounds delicious, and incorporates my mastery of French!

  2. Yay! Let me know if it's any good and maybe I'll try it, too.