Latest Spiny river snail Stories

2011-06-05 10:36:30

Think "mass extinction" and you probably envision dinosaurs dropping dead in the long-ago past or exotic tropical creatures being wiped out when their rainforest habitats are decimated. But a major mass extinction took place right here in North America in the first half of the 20th century, when 47 species of mollusk disappeared after the watershed in which they lived was dammed.Now, a population of one of those species"”a freshwater limpet last seen more than 60 years ago and presumed...

2008-08-19 18:00:24

HELP is at hand for Ratty. The misnamed water vole from the children's classic Wind in the Willows is one of five new species that has been given extra protection in Wales. Under new regulations introduced by the Welsh Assembly Government it is now an offence to kill, injure or remove from the wild the water vole, angel shark, spiny seahorse, roman snail and short- snouted seahorse. It is also an offence to possess or sell the water vole, short- snouted sea horse, spiny seahorse and...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.