Articles | Volume 11, issue 24
Biogeosciences, 11, 7363–7368, 2014
Biogeosciences, 11, 7363–7368, 2014

Research article 20 Dec 2014

Research article | 20 Dec 2014

Limpets counteract ocean acidification induced shell corrosion by thickening of aragonitic shell layers

G. Langer et al.


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (07 Nov 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (09 Nov 2014) by Aldo Shemesh
Short summary
Specimens of the patellogastropod limpet Patella caerulea were collected within and outside a CO2 vent site at Ischia, Italy. The distribution of different crystal structures across shell sections was analysed. Patella caerulea counteracts shell dissolution in corrosive waters by enhanced production of aragonitic parts of the shell. We conclude that it is not possible to predict the dissolution behaviour of a composite biomineral on the basis of the properties of its constituent mineral.
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