Title of Record for finding world’s smallest known snail goes to Acmella nana

Title of Record for finding world’s smallest known snail goes to Acmella nana

A team of Dutch and Malaysian researchers has found the smallest land snail. The snail named as Acmella nana has a shiny, translucent white shell having an average height of 0.027 inches. The lately found snail is so small that the researchers could not even see it in the wild without microscope.

The study researchers said that they were having an idea of where they should be looking for unknown mollusks. They explained that snails live on Borneo’s limestone hills because the shells are made up of calcium carbonate, main part of limestone.

Study’s co-researcher Menno Schilthuizen, a professor of evolution at Leiden University in the Netherlands, said, “When we go to a limestone hill, we just bring some strong plastic bags, and we collect a lot of soil and litter and dirt from underneath the limestone cliffs”.

The content is then sieved and the larger objects are put into water and then a stir is given so that the dust settles down and the shell float. The shells are then studied under a microscope. For now, it is not known what Acmella nana eats, as the researchers have not seen it alive.

The Acmella nana lives in at least three places in Malaysian Borneo. Therefore, there are less chances that it will be wiped out easily.

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