Pododesmus (Monia) macroschisma

The false pacific jingle shell, or rock oyster, often comes ashore on Taylor Beach attached to the holdfasts of kelp.


Various species of kelp have attached their holdfasts to this rock oyster shell, leading to it being detached and carried ashore on Taylor Beach.


One of the valves of Pododesmus sp.


Pododesmus (Monia) macroschisma (Deshayes, 1839)


Reference: Peter’s seashells


Tonicella lineata–Lined chiton

Tonicella lineata, the lined chiton : These photos taken in May, 2013 were submitted by Gretchen Markle . They were taken on the area known as Laird’s Beach¬† (on Parry Bay south of Taylor Road)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Polyplacophora
Order: Neoloricata
Family: Ischnochitonidae
Genus: Tonicella
Species: T. lineata
Binomial name:Tonicella lineata , Wood, 1815

Acanthodoris nanaimoensis–the wine-plumed spiny dorid nudibranch

On May 26 2013, Gretchen Markle reported on a nudibrach
” Today we found two specimens of the grey phase¬†Acanthodoris nanaimoensis (unmistakable with its maroon-tipped rhinopores and gills) on the beach at Chris Pratt’s.” (see location image below.)

gmMay12AnanaimoensisPhylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Subclass Opisthobranchia
Order Nudibranchia
Suborder Doridacea
Family Onchidorididae
Genus Acanthodoris
Species nanaimoensis
Common name: Wine-plumed spiny doris,

The range of this species is Baranof Island, Alaska to Santa Barbara, CA; less common in southern portion of range.

Click on this image from Google Earth 3D for the location.

Shoreline in front of Chris Pratt's place.

Shoreline in front of Chris Pratt’s place.