Oysters: Composition of the Larval Shell

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Science  10 Jul 1964:
Vol. 145, Issue 3628, pp. 155-156
DOI: 10.1126/science.145.3628.155


The shell of the freeswimming veliger larval stage of the common North American oyster Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin, 1791) is composed of aragonite. This composition contrasts with that of the adult shell, which is composed mainly of calcite, the rhombohedral allomorph of calcium carbonate, and minor amounts of aragonite.