The Twelve Days of Snails

The holidays are a time for lists: shopping list, grocery list for the holiday meal, things I must accomplish before the year ends, and Santa’s naughty or nice list.  In case your wondering, all of us at DSN were naughty, except for me.  I’ve been more nasty nice.

To these lists, I will add the Twelve Days of Snails.  Consider it a list of the top 12 reasons why snails are bad ass.  This post is dedicated to my current student who is convinced turtles are cooler than snails.  Hope he has position next semester…just kidding.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my beautiful wife gave to me…

12 Bone snails snacking

11 Larvae lounging

10 Sequential lovers lovin’

9 Parasites piercing

8 Shells spiraling

7 Ladies laying

6 Radulas rasping

5 Iron-Clad Samurai Snails

4 Head penises

3 Hairy shells

2 Endosymbiotic bacteria

And a gastropod in a lit shell

Dr. M (1714 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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