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  • José H. Leal

A Gem of a Land Snail!

Look at this little green gem! Simpulopsis rufovirens (Moricand, 1846) was photographed by Alex Popovkin, working in the State of Bahia, Brazil. Notice how the color of the shell matches the color of the leaf on which it crawls. The early whorls are yellowish-brown, but the adult shell is a bright green! The entire shell surface is corrugated, which probably helps reinforce the shell against crushing by predators. The shell in this species is thin, and may grow to be a little larger than 0.5 inch in width.


Simpulopsis rufovirens, photo by Alex Popovkin.

Simpulopsis rufovirens, photo by Alex Popovkin.

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