Calcite Deposition during Shell Repair by the Aragonitic Gastropod Murex fulvescens

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Science  14 Jan 1966:
Vol. 151, Issue 3707, pp. 201-203
DOI: 10.1126/science.151.3707.201


Shell repair was induced by coating the inner surfaces of gastropod shells with nail polish. In aragonitic gastropods initial deposition on the nail-polish membrane was of aragonite spherulites and, in one species, polygonal calcite crystals; later the normal crossed-lamellar structure of the shell was restored.