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Snail attacks pencil

10 July 2012

On the Pacific coast of Costa Rica a major predator in the community of animals living on sandy beaches is a snail, a species of Olive Shell (Agaronia propatula). In a recent study published in the Journal of Molluscan Studies, Dr Winifred Peters and his team reveal that these predatory snails are quite indiscriminate in their attacking behaviour.

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The research paper is entitled 'The behavioural and sensory ecology of Agaronia Propatula (Caenogastropoda: Olividae), a swash-surfing predator on sandy beaches of the panamic faunal province'