Researchers in Guangxi Province, Southern China recently discovered what could be the smallest snail species in the world. How small exactly? Ten of them could easily fit inside the eye of a needle.
Called the ‘Angustopila domnikae’ – after the wife of the lead researcher who conducted the study – the snails measure just 0.86mm in height. The researchers found them while taking soil samples from the base of limestone rocks in the area. All in all, the team discovered seven new species of micro-snails.
‘Investigating tiny-shelled land snails is important for assessing biodiversity and natural history as well as for establishing the foundation for studying the evolution of dwarfism in invertebrate animals’, said Dr. Barna Pall-Gergely, one of the project’s researchers.
Not much else is known about the snails, but here’s one thing we’re sure of: they won’t make for a filling escargot!
Via The Guardian