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June 2, 2014

Swan song of the Plectostoma snail


Long story short from the March 31, 2014 New York Times:


A group of tiny snails with striking, irregularly coiled and ornamented shells are going extinct just as they are being discovered. A new paper reveals 10 new species (and catalogs all 31 species) of the snail, which belong to the genus Plectosoma. Found only in the limestone hills of Southeast Asia, with shells only a few millimeters long, the snails are losing their homes as the limestone is quarried by mining companies.

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