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New Snail Species Discovered In Croatia's Deepest Cave 34

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minty3 writes "The new snail species, Zospeum tholussum, has no eyes or pigmentation on its shell and is considered to be a true eutroglobiont or cave-dweller. It was found by a team of cavers and biologists from the Croatian Biospeleological Society. While on an expedition to determine the cave’s depth, they collected animal specimens including one of the previously unidentified snails along with eight of its empty shells."
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New Snail Species Discovered In Croatia's Deepest Cave

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  • by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Monday September 16, 2013 @02:24PM (#44865999)
    Bah. Most everyone has support for ANSI escape sequences on their terminals these days.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 16, 2013 @02:32PM (#44866045)

    What's his Slashdot UID?

    And I bet he never gets first post, either....

  • by djupedal (584558) on Monday September 16, 2013 @02:45PM (#44866149)
    Talk about your slow news day...
    • by Anonymous Coward

      It took you 15 minutes after the original was posted to repost this joke... and I thought the snails were slow.

  • But were they tasty?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Awesome! We find a new snail species, collect only known specimen, and then will promptly end up killing it by doing so!

    Is there anything in the scientific method about the ethics of species discovery and potential extinction? Have to wonder how much discovery has led to species extinction in the past 100 years

    • by mythosaz (572040)

      100% of species that went extinct in our lifetime were discovered first.

      Pretty clear correlation, 'eh?

    • Awesome! We find a new snail species, collect only known specimen, and then will promptly end up killing it by doing so!

      Is there anything in the scientific method about the ethics of species discovery and potential extinction? Have to wonder how much discovery has led to species extinction in the past 100 years

      Um, if they just took the only living member of the species out of the cave, I'm pretty sure that the species was already doomed to become extinct in the very near future.

  • Truly true? (Score:5, Informative)

    by WillKemp (1338605) on Monday September 16, 2013 @04:00PM (#44866739) Homepage

    ... is considered to be a true eutroglobiont ...

    That's tautology - "eutroglobiont" means "true cave dwelling organism" - the "eu" prefix means "true".

  • I thought I gave a shit...turns out it was just gas.
  • It must be (biologically) expensive to grow a shell, so this critter must have them for a pretty good reason. Protection from other snails? To survive dry periods? To be less edible to "a small, slimy creature" with "lamp-like" eyes?
  • Does this mean that this snail molts, or was that a poorly-written way of saying eight empty shells from the same species?

  • I gather it was heading downward.

  • ..who thought that they actually expected to find eyes on its shell? :-o

    Zospeum tholussum, has no eyes or pigmentation on its shell

The bogosity meter just pegged.

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