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The Oregon Hairy Triton was completed on 6.2.2012. Normally, I can't say this type of mollusk - one not particularly outstanding or beautiful - would strike my interested enough to draw it. But the Oregon Hairy Triton is the official state shell of Oregon. But as I drew this gastropod, I realized it was indeed a lovely and extremely complex animal that translated well onto paper.
The Oregon Hairy Triton is a member of the Gastropoda family, which are marine mollusks. It is a large predatory snail. It can be found along the coastline from Alaska, all the way down the Pacific Coast to California. They are also found on the other side of the ocean in Northern Japan. While not much is really know about the feeding habit of these snails, it is believed they prey on other mollusks and perhaps even sea urchins. Despite the common name, they are not hairy, but instead are covered with periostracum, which is a thin organic coating or "skin" which is the outermost layer of the shell. The name was given to honor the Oregon Territory by conchologist John Howard Redfield in 1846. Many decades later this gastropod was named the official state shell of Oregon.