Monday, 26 October 2020

New species discovery - Auricullela gagneorum

 New species discovery: Auricullela gagneorum

WHAT IS IT? More species of Pacific island land snails have been driven to extinction since 1600 than any other animal group. This new discovery, which sports a 5mm-long shell and comes in a variety of colour patterns, brings a sliver of hope that at least some of those believed to have been lost forever might still cling to existence.

WHERE IS IT? Auricullela gagneorum is the first new species of land snail to be found for 60 years in the Hawaiian archipelago, which has lost more than half of its 750 native snail species to habitat destruction and invasive predators.

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