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Microjewels: Stunningly Beautiful Snails Going Extinct as Soon as They Are Discovered

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You need to have pretty good eyesight to see the tiny snails from the genus Plectostoma. These almost impossibly small gastropods from Malaysia and Thailand only reach a millimeter or two in width, but they make up for their lack of size with their stunning beauty. The 31 Plectostoma species described in a new paper [...]

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The Incredible Mr./Mrs. Limpet: The Endangered, Sex-Changing Sea Snail

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Understanding how an endangered species breeds and reproduces can be one of the first steps toward learning how to save it from extinction. A team of scientists working to conserve the nearly extinct sea snail known as the ribbed Mediterranean limpet (Patella ferruginea) have discovered an important clue about its reproductive strategy: it can change [...]

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A Monkey with Human Eyes and Other Links from the Brink

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A winning snail, an unusual monkey and abused manatees are among the endangered species in the news this week. Best News of the Week: The Magazine Mountain shagreen snail (Inflectarius magazinensis) has become the first invertebrate protected by the Endangered Species Act to fully recover. The snail has now been removed from the endangered species [...]

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U.S. Army Protects Critically Endangered Hawaiian Snails from Invasive Predators

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Three hundred critically endangered kahuli tree snails (Achatinella mustelina) have a new home this week: a basketball court–size, predator-proof enclosure built for them by the U.S. Army in Hawaii’s Waianae Mountains. The snails, according to the Army, spent the past two years in a lab at the University of Hawaii at Manoa while the new [...]

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