Wednesday, March 30, 2005

ENV: Love darts

Cool article at The Loom about love darts, the mini-harpoon method snails use to jumpstart their sexual quarry. Those of you students and friends who have had some interest in my snail research will remember my own discussions about this, and the hermaphroditic system that mitigates local extinctions. If you scroll down the page to his micrographs you'll see the apparati of two of the species i have worked with, Xerarionta kelletti and Humboldtiana nuevoleonis.

Thanks to Pharyngula for the heads up.


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