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New cave-dwelling snail discovered

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Scientists have discovered a new snail species, with a beautifully shaped dome-like translucent shell, lurking underground in one of the world’s deepest caves in Croatia. Biologists from the Croatian Biospeleological Society and Goethe University, Frankfurt discovered the new species Zospeum tholussum in one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world, Lukina Jama-Trojama in Croatia. The species belongs to a genus of minute air-breathing land snails that have lost visual orientation and are considered to be true eutroglobionts, or exclusive cave-dwellers. It is described in the journal Subterranean Biology and was found at the remarkable depth of 980 m, in an unnamed chamber full of rocks and sand and a small stream running through it. — PTI


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