Saturday 24 September 2011

another rare creature re-discovered

Rare snail found after 110 years in Fife
The snail can be recognised by its club shaped shell which spirals around 11 times .An isolated population of rare land snail last recorded in Fife 110 years ago has been rediscovered.The plaited door snail (Cochlodina laminata) sighting was received by Fife Nature Records Centre, following a report from a member of the public. The snail, which has a distinctive corkscrew shell, was last recorded in West Fife near Oakley in 1901.The new discovery near Blairhall is thought to be the only known population in Fife.The plaited door snail is found in woodlands and grazes on algae and lichen.Fife Coast and Countryside Trust is urging nature spotters keen to see the snail for themselves to check tree trunks, although at only 15 to 18mm long and with a dark red-brown shell, it is well camouflaged.

The question this poses then is what else is yet to be rediscovered? If they can find something this small why can’t they find big foot? Lol  (Sorry couldn’t resist)

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