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Hot Pink Slugs Discovered
2013-05-31 16:43:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some of the earliest pillars of life on our ancient Earth can still be seen from time to time. Coral, for instance, takes many years to form and can give us a glimpse into the way things once were. The areas where coral grows have even recently been shown to have been dependent on volcanic activity in the earliest days of our planet. Today, the discovery of yet another ancient wonder has been making the rounds across the web,...

2013-05-28 15:36:14

Snail shells coil in response to an lopsided protein gradient across their shell mantles, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal EvoDevo. In contrast the shell mantle of limpets, whose shells do not coil, have a symmetrical pattern of the protein Decapentaplegic (Dpp). There are many hundreds of different kinds of gastropods (slugs snail and limpets) - second only in number of species to insects. They have adapted to live on land as well as in fresh water and marine...

Experts Warn Texans Not To Touch Deadly Giant African Snails
2013-05-08 08:49:24

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People in a Texas neighborhood may be looking for massive mollusks after a recent sighting of a giant African land snail in one Houston-area garden sparked interest. However, researchers are warning people to stay away from the supersized slugs as they are dangerous to touch because they have been known to carry meningitis. Anyone coming into contact with the creatures should wash their hands immediately. Autumn Smith-Herron,...

Rat-Sized Snails Invade Northern Florida
2013-04-15 15:09:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Officials in Florida are warning the public about a potential infestation of a massive African snail that can grow to the size of a rat and ravage both plant-life and housing materials such as stucco and plaster. The snails have also been known to carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans. “They're a trifecta,” said Denise Feiber, the public information director of the Division of Plant Industry in...

Aquatic Invader That Can Survive Without Water
2012-08-22 10:01:19

Nowadays, an increasing number of rivers and lakes are being invaded by exotic snails, which come from remote regions, and even other continents. Such species represent a threat to native species, as they compete for food or space with them. This is the case of the mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum). This small aquatic snail is native to New Zealand, and has spread throughout rivers, lakes or streams in Europe, Australia, America and Asia. The invasion success of this mudsnail may be...

Lost Cahaba River Snail Has Been Found Once Again
2012-08-09 13:53:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A University of Alabama graduate student scored a victory for Mother Nature recently when he came across a snail species previously thought to have been extinct. The rare happy development regarding biodiversity and conservation occurred when Nathan Whelan, a doctoral student in UA´s department of biological sciences, convinced three of his friends to kayak on Alabama´s Cahaba River in May 2011 in search of the long-lost...

New Species Of Freshwater Snail Collected From A Spring In Greece
2011-11-02 03:45:08

A new minute freshwater snail species belonging to the genus Daphniola was found by a researcher from University of Athens (Canella Radea) in a spring covered by snow on Mt. Parnassos, central Greece. This study was published in the open access journal Zookeys. The new species, Daphniola eptalophos, has a transparent conical-flat coiled shell, grey-black pigmented soft body and a black penis with a small colorless outgrowth on the left side near its base. D. eptalophos differs from its...

Image 1 - Rafting Snails Float Around On Bubbles
2011-10-11 10:38:38

It's "Waterworld" snail style: Ocean-dwelling snails that spend most of their lives floating upside down, attached to rafts of mucus bubbles. Scientists have known about the snails' peculiar lifestyle since the 1600s, but they've wondered how the rafting habit evolved. What, exactly, were the step-by-step adaptations along the way? University of Michigan graduate student Celia Churchill and coauthors believe they've found the answer to that intriguing question. In a paper published in...

2011-09-21 20:43:16

Scientists from the United States, Norway, and Germany create a unique data set for the reconstruction of the phylogeny of molluscs Snails, mussels, squids — as different as they may look, they do have something in common: they all belong to the phylum Mollusca, also called molluscs. An international team of researchers headed by Kevin Kocot and Professor Ken Halanych, USA, with the participation of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany, has carried out research into the...

2011-09-16 11:07:52

Deep genomic analysis of Molluscsa shows there is more than 1 way to make a brain Seemingly simple animals such as the snail and squid have ransacked the genetic toolkit over the last half billion years to find different ways to build complex brains, nervous systems and shells, according to an international team of researchers, including a neuroscientist with the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. Using genomics and computational approaches, the scientists...


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Burgundy Snail, Helix pomatia
2013-10-14 09:35:00

The Burgundy Snail (Helix pomatia), known also as the Roman Snail, is an edible species of large, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk belonging to the family Helicidae. It’s a European species. It is called by the French name escargot when it is used in cooking. This species can be found in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, southwestern Bulgaria, northern and central Balkans, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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