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White-grey snail(s)

Observed: 29th May 2013 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Second image 30/05/2013

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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grant burleigh's picture

cont.

The fine filigree patterning on the shell surface looks interesting - acquired by some form of Turing-style reaction-diffusion mechanism perhaps (other than the process that produces stripes as generally recognized)?

grant burleigh's picture

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Interesting to see if banded/coloured snails also have this filigree surface pattern or whether, it is only in an "albino", that failure of a reaction-diffusion mechanism normally producing colour and stripes also results in a shift into filigree mode.

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It could be an albino Cepaea.

Interesting observation. It could be an albino Cepaea. I reckon the 'surface patterns' are the body inside showing through the transparent shell.

[I don't think it is Monancha cantiana?]

grant burleigh's picture

cont.

Thanks for the comment. Could it have been parasitized by a snail-hunting fly?

stevegregory's picture

Dunno!

I'm not familiar with the effects of Sciomyzid flies on their hosts.