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Albino Roman Snail

Helix Pomatia




1 species ID suggestions

Roman snail
Helix pomatia EOL: Helix pomatia

32 Comments (1–25)

katarafaith
katarafaith 11 months ago

Cool

Ursula Fricke
Ursula Fricke a year ago

Fascinating!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah a year ago

yes indeed ,it is a true case of survival against all odds!

keithp2012
keithp2012 a year ago

Thanks for adding it to my Mission, it's got 2 special characteristics cant say many animals survive with that but this one did!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah a year ago

Keith ,this albino Roman snail with fused eye stalks is one of a kind! Thanks for your mission on color morphs.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah a year ago



@Keith
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/664......
After seeing the above link , I am more sure that we have an albino!!

keithp2012
keithp2012 2 years ago

The snail looks healthy so I don't think it affected it though if snails could be cross eyed this one would be that.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

and they are fused! Poor snail!

keithp2012
keithp2012 2 years ago

I didn't even notice that good point, but those are not antennae they are eye stalks the snails eyes.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

and for that reason I tend to agree that this is an Albino.Rare. Thnx again.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

@ Keith ,another unusual feature that I noticed in this snail is that it's two antenna are fused together.
My conclusion is that this snail is abnormal.

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 years ago

Yep a good read - shell and body colours via separate genetic control ! That's just great. Thanks.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

But then this link shows that Helix Pomata colors could be similar too.
http://www.manandmollusc.net/taxonomy.ht...

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

Keith ,.that is a great link and great pic of Albino!!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

Thnx Keith and Argy,very intriguing for me!
i also found this Albino shell.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/802...

keithp2012
keithp2012 2 years ago

Apparently shell color and body color come from two different sources so it's possible. http://petsnails.proboards.com/index.cgi...

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 years ago

If it's albino wouldn't the shell also be white?

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

Who would have thought that a snail could be an Albino! What next!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

Keithp2012,thanks! I have been puzzling over this for long. i will add it to rare color morphs mission!

keithp2012
keithp2012 2 years ago

I think it has an albino body color

p.young713
p.young713 2 years ago

Interesting Emma!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

I was reading about snails in California and we do have Helix Aspera here .
Helix pomatia was brought in by the French for eating purposes. However not many people liked its taste . Therefore they were released in the wild where they bred wildly.
I am planning on rereading about Snails. i am just surprised to see so many sp.
Yesterday I saw a tiny brown snail with a pure gold shell. It was only bright gold and shimmering! I took a pic . But the shimmering shell was creating a dazzle in the pic.
Am a little confused .
But thanks so much for your feedback about Helix Pomatia!!

Meik
Meik 2 years ago

@ Emma: I just learned that Helix aspersa is more common in the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast. It is also the one usually bred for eating or as pet, instead of the Helix pomatia. However, I'm not sure about the brown snail (it was identified as helix aspersa, too), maybe they can vary in color depending on which substrate they live and what they feed on.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

@ Meik ,thanks so much . What is so unusual is that i was able to open the link in my gmail account but I could not open it on Project Noah!


Meik
Meik 2 years ago

Here comes the link again
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/660...
If it still doesn't work, it is the snail in my spottings. Cheers.

Walnut Creek, California, USA

Lat: 37.91, Long: -122.06

Spotted on Oct 22, 2011
Submitted on Oct 22, 2011

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