Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:31:08 -0500
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From: Stephanie Clark <meridolum@OZEMAIL.COM.AU>
Subject: Re: This is massive
Paul and other interested person
The species referred to in the article belongs to the Achatinellidae
which do not have operculums. This small group of snails has a huge
distribution across the islands of the Pacific and eastern coast of
Australia. That some of them can survive being swallowed by a bird is
pretty amazing and helps to partially explain there wide distribution
across oceanic islands.
At 03:20 PM 11 07 2011, you wrote:
>I knew this was true of some operculate snails that were eaten by
>fish, but had never heard that it applies to birds as well. The
>article doesn't state whether the snails that survived in birds were
>operculate, but I'm betting they were.
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