I'm sure you've seen this kind of mollusc a thousand times but have you ever wondered what kind of mollusc is it? Habitat? What does it feed on? Is it nocturnal or diurnal? Info about the Clausilid snail is scarce on the internet! Is it rare? Endemic? The only thing i got was that this mollusc was previously thought to be endemic so introduced from the Italian peninsula. Can anybody post some info or perhaps suggest a book about molluscs? Is not mentioned in wildlife of the malteses islands.
Only thing i got:
http://www.animalbase.uni-goettingen.de ... es?id=2101
Here's the photo:
- I've never seen this mollusc active.
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Beautiful snail if you look at it though.
CLAUSILIIDAE Morch, 1864
Lampedusa imitatrix (Boettger, 1879) Endemic
Lampedusa melitensis (Caruana Gatto, 1892) Endemic
Muticaria macrostoma macrostoma (Cantraine, 1835) Endemic
Muticaria macrostoma scalaris (Pfeiffer, 1848) Endemic
Muticaria macrostoma oscitans (Charpentier, 1852) Endemic
Muticaria macrostoma mamotica (Gulia, 1861) Endemic
Yes i agree with you Pine it is a beautiful mollusc. Thank you do happen to have a book about molluscs? I'm looking for some books about maltese fauna fungi flora............
Thanks for the info!
Muticaria macrostoma (the 4 subspecies you mentioned were found to be genetically the same - therefore they are just forms)
The Mollusca are among the most studied in our islands.
For the land shells I have a book that in my opinion is one of the best scientific books I have ever seen.
Entitled the non-marine molluscs of the Maltese Islands by Giusti, Manganelli and PJ Schembri. in 1995 (present at Melitensia at Belt is-Sebh). It mentions the species of land, freshwater and brackish water present, how to identify the shell, the description, habitat, distribution (including detailed dissections of the animals!), any fossils found in our islands, remarks and status of the mollusc itself. Definitely a beautiful book.
Regarding Marine Mollusca there is currently a series (there are currently 3 books published, with the 4th on the way) writted by Cachia, Mifsud and Sammut. The first one regards the Gastropods of the Order Archaeogastropoda, the second and third regard the remaining Mollusca. The first was published in Malta in 1991, the other 2 in Germany in 1996 and 2001. They are important for the marine mollusca.
Then if you want to invest in an atlas of marine shells there is the Atlante delle Concighlie Marine del Mediterraneo by Giannuzzi-Savelli, Pusateri, Palmeri and Ebreo. These are atlases having just photographs of the different species set together. (no descriptions or anything, and they are quite costly being Sicilian books).
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No ticks this time ha? Wolf you've given me the habit of double checking my nipples before going to sleep.
There are several ways that Maltawildplants can help you to arrive to your answer:
The dedicated page for non flora species: (soon going to updated by hundred of new species)
The search engine of the forum
http://maltawildplants.com/forum/search ... de=results
The Insects section of the forum
Alas it is found on the website and I give you a hint: The Genus is Argiope
I raise my hat for your photo - you seem to wake up early in the morning - something that I should learn to do if I want to keep active in Summer
Well I am reading this so my prev hint was useless. In my opinion it is a young Argiope lobata, but to say the truth I am not 100% sure because I can easy reckognize them from the dorsal (upper) view or side view to check if the abdomen is lobed or 3 banded.Nice mollusc wolf. Kiddin as usual. Yeah that arachnid well i think it's not the lobed agriope nor the trifasciata. I did post the pic of that spider once in the insects section , in a post called the Lobed Agriope. But i don't know the species.
I have the opinion that we exhibit only 2 Argiopes species.
I found this clausilid is the Mamo's Door-snail? It's definitely not the papillifera papillaris i mean look at the end of the tail.
- Look at the opening there's like a tiny projection.
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