It has a translucent shell, lives in complete darkness and crawls only a few millimeters a week.
This is how scientists describe a new species of snail discovered more than 3,000 feet underground in Croatia’s Lukina Jama–Trojama cave, according to the Press Trust of India. The findings, published in the journal Subterranean Biology, describe how the tiny, fragile snail lives in one of the deepest cave systems in the world."They only creep a few millimeters or centimeters a week, and mainly in circles, grazing at one point where they live," taxonomist Alexander Weigand at Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany said.
The new snail species, Zospeum tholussum, 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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