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Monday, 18 December 2017

 

Greyhounds

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Golden Wonder and Topless Beauty
By
Stella M. Turk MBE

 

Paludinella!

Truncatella!

Two little snails are we

Living twixt land and sea,

Of most impeccable pedigree

In Red Data Book fraternity

Due to undoubted rarity.

One is a wonder to behold

Transparent and a shade of gold

Whilst the other’s had its spire lopped

And could be described as ‘topped’.

To find us needs sharp Conch. Soc.* eyes

We were discovered by those, spies

Ian Killeen and Janice Light

Using first and second sight.

 

 

 

 

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Authors notes

 

Conchological Society of Great Britain and IrelandPaludinella littorina is only 2 mm high and 2 mm broad, with 3 to 4 whorls to its shell. It live in caves or under boulders.

Truncatella subcylindrica also has 3 to 4 whorls, and is the same breadth, but 5 mm high. As it matures, the tip of the shell is overgrown and becomes truncated. It is associated with saltmarsh plants.

*Conch. Soc. Is a frequently- used abbreviation for the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Stella M Turk MBE

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