Rare species of snails found again after 110 years in Fife


Isolated population of rare earth snail species in the last marked 110 years ago has recently been found again. For information about finding a plate or even snail called kohlodiny rocky (Cochlodina laminata) were obtained registration natural center of Fife (unitary area in the west of Scotland), immediately after the message from a member of one of the public institutions. Snail, which is characterized by its distinctive spiral-shaped shell, the last time was registered in West Fife near Oakley in 1901. A new discovery made near the village of Blerholl, is the only known population in Fife.

This type of snail shell, usually elongated, spindle-shaped, slightly inflated, smooth, light horn and shiny. The height of the representative of a class of mollusks is 15-17 millimeters, width - 4 mm, with 10-12 turnovers. At the mouth of the shell can be seen two small plate strongly curved ledge. Habitat of this species of snails are forests, tree stumps, rocks, trees, mosses. Although fusiform snail has been found by experts in the woodlands, it is also often dwells in algae and lichens.

Coast and Countryside Trust, local conservationists Fife encourage their employees responsible for the control of woodlands, check all the trees in order to identify the location of snails, although at his size, reaching only 15-18 millimeters in length, and dark red-brown shell, good at hiding it.

Tweedle Alex (Alexa Tweedle), information representative of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, noted that: "In all Fife, this kind of small earthen snails was recorded only once in 1901. This is probably the same population of snails, which was last was seen in Oakley and now Blerholle. again found in Fife population of snails, of which nothing was known for over 100 years - it is a very striking fact. "

The main feature of the cochlea, is its unusual shell, twisted into a spiral of about 11 times. Snail is so rare in the whole of Scotland, it was listed on the biodiversity of Scotland, a list of plants, animals and environments that are of particular importance in the biodiversity of Scotland.

Original: BBC Translation: M. Potter

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