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Photos: Gorgeous Neon Malaysian Snails

Plectostoma laidlawi

malaysian snails

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They look like ethereal beings from another planet, but they're actually newly discovered species of snails. And sadly, some of them are already going extinct.Read full story

Plectostoma salpidomon

malaysian snails

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A team of biologists catalogued 31 species of the snail genus Plectostoma from Malaysia, Sumatra and Thailand, 10 of which were new species. Read full story

Plectostoma sinyumensis

malaysian snails

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But the snails live on limestone hills mined by cement companies, which threaten to destroy the snails and their habitat along with them.Read full story

Plecostoma siphonostomon

malaysian snails

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Dressed in shells of neon orange, lilac and crimson, the snails resemble tiny jewelry. Read full story

Plectostoma christae

malaysian snails

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The snails flaunt all shell-coiling rules, by having very irregularly coiled and ornamented shells.Read full story

micro-CT-images

malaysian snails

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Thor-Seng Liew Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, The Netherlands, imaged the shells using a micro-CT-scanner, a device that produces 3-D X-rays of tiny objects. Read full story

Megaustenia heliciformis

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Other snail species found in Malaysia include Megaustenia heliciformis from Kelantan.Read full story

Pterocyclos

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Pterocyclos is found in Sabah, Malaysia.Read full story

Rhinocochlis nasuta

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Rhinocochlis nasuta is found in Sarawak, Malaysia.Read full story

Plectostoma grandispinosum

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Plectostoma grandispinosum is found in Sarawak, Malaysia.Read full story

Everettia subconsul

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Everettia subconsul is found in Sabah, Malaysia.Read full story