Thursday, April 30, 2015

A TO Z CHALLENGE - "Z" IS FOR ZOSPEUM THOLUSSUM

Zospeum tholussum, or the Domed Land Snail, lives some 3,000 feet under the ground in caves of the Velebit Mountain Range of Croatia. This land snail does not have eyes because they're unnecessary in the dark caves. They're only 0.08 inches long and move very slowly. They perhaps hitch a ride on other cave animals.


Reference: Weigand AM. 2013. New Zospeum species (Gastropoda, Ellobioidea, Carychiidae) from 980 m depth in the Lukina Jama–Trojama cave system (Velebit Mts., Croatia). Subterranean Biology 11: 45–53

24 comments:

  1. This is a creature I've never heard off, Clever you Beverly.
    Congratulations on the completion of the challenge.
    Yvonne.

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    1. I wanted my last critter to be something unusual, and I found it. Thanks. Ready for a break.

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  2. Never heard of this one either, Beverly. I love the fact that the shell is transparent.

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    1. It 's a new one for me too, Melanie. Quite unusual creature.

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  3. How interesting! Congratulations on finishing the challenge, Beverly!!!

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  4. I never heard of this one! Congratulations on making to to Z and introducing many of us to new animals we didn't know of before. :)

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    1. Yay! This is the end. Time for a nap. I've had fun discovering weird animals, like this one. Thanks for your great comments, Chrys.

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  5. Is its shell really clear? Wild.
    Congratulations on completing the Challenge!

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    1. Yes, it is clear, Alex. I've never seen a critter like it.
      Thanks, the challenge has been fun.

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  6. What an amazing creature. No eyes, and a beautiful shell that looks like glass.
    Congratulations on making it all the way through the challenge.

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    1. It is a fascinating creature, Elizabeth. You're welcome. The challenge has been great.

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  7. Never even heard of that one, don't even think I can say it lol

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    1. Oh, I can't say it either, Pat. Shh. Don't tell.

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  8. Congratulations on completing the challenge. I love the shell. It looks like blown glass.

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    1. It does look like blown glass, Kat. So different for an animal.
      Thanks. I've enjoyed the challenge. Nap time now. :)

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  9. Look at that! Isn't that perfection? Thanks for exploring the animal world from AtoZ. It's been fun to stop in and see which animal you would feature.

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    1. I've had a great time finding new animals, Lee. Thanks for your nice comments. Congratulations to you for finishing the challenge.

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  10. Eek snails. But a beautiful shell!

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  11. Do they always have the clear shell?

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  12. Quiet Interesting snail and the information .. Thnx and congratulations on completing your first challenge

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    1. Thank you, Deepti, for stopping by. Yes, I'm excited about completing the challenge. It was fun.

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