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Blushing Snail (Succinea sanctaehelenae)

…a species of amber snail endemic to the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. Its glossy ‘blushing’ shell’s color is caused by light which strikes through the snails translucent body and shell. It’s shell also has only a few whorls and grows rapidly in size. 

This species is poorly researched and little is known about is biology or reproductive habits. Currently the blushing snail is listed as near threatened this is thought to be due to a mix of its small habitat and deforestation. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Elasmognatha-Succineoidea-Succineidae-Succineinae-Succinea-sanctaehelenae

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