Gastropods

Gastropods

So I picked up a macro lens. Couldn’t take surfing through zillions of lovely pictures being posted by my contacts on FB anymore. Had to try my hand at it.

First experiment: In my garden. Went looking to find quite a few snails, centipedes etc. I spotted this one. So I placed a paper on the ground, waited for the little chap to crawl on to it, and then went clickety-click. I don’t know much about the categorisation, subdivision etc, so will learn as I shoot.

Here’s what wiki says :

The Gastropoda or gastropods, more commonly known as snails and slugs, are a large taxonomic class within the phylum Mollusca. This class includes snails and slugs of all kinds and all sizes from microscopic to quite large.

There are 611 families of gastropods, of which 202 families are extinct, being found only in the fossil record and comprise 60,000 to 80,000 living snail and slug species.

This class has an extraordinary diversification of habitats and live in gardens, woodland, deserts, on mountains, small ditches, great rivers and lakes, estuaries, mudflats, oceans, etc.

 

The term “snail” can be, and often is, applied to all the members of this class, commonly this word means only those species with an external shell large enough that the soft parts can withdraw completely into it. Those gastropods without a shell, and those with only a very reduced or internal shell, are usually known as slugs.

So now I know this one’s a snail. Now to look for someone who can tell me its name 🙂

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