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Twelve thousand recent patellogastropods from a northeastern Pacific latitudinal gradient.

  • Author(s): Kahanamoku, Sara
  • Hull, Pincelli
  • Lindberg, David
  • Hsiang, Allison
  • Clites, Erica
  • Finnegan, Seth
  • et al.
Abstract

Body size distributions can vary widely among communities, with important implications for ecological dynamics, energetics, and evolutionary history. Here we present a dataset of body size and shape for 12,035 extant Patellogastropoda (true limpet) specimens from the collections of the University of California Museum of Paleontology, compiled using a novel high-throughput morphometric imaging method. These specimens were collected over the past 150 years at 355 localities along a latitudinal gradient ranging from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico and are presented here with individual images, 2D outline coordinates, and 2D measurements of body size and shape. This dataset provides a resource for assemblage-scale macroecological questions and documents the size and diversity of recent patellogastropods in the northeastern Pacific.

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