31 March 2009

Graves and snails

This post was about an afternoon trip to an old Jewish cemetery in Istanbul in October of last year. Our brief paper about the land snail shells we collected during that trip just got published in issue #19 of Triton. You may download a pdf copy.

Our most significant find was Helix pomacella, a rare species despite being a native of the area. In fact, Istanbul is its type location. In urban areas H. pomacella is much rarer than its native relative Helix lucorum and, unlike the introduced helicids Cantareus aspersus (Helix aspersa) and Eobania vermiculata, it seems to avoid roadsides, parks and gardens.

One of the Helix pomacella shells that we collected.

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