04 February 2010

Face to face with Pedipes ovalis

This is the 2nd post about Pedipes ovalis, a tiny (~3 mm long) semi-terrestrial snail that lives at the edge of the sea. The 1st post was here.

Here is a close-up of the front of the head of Pedipes.


It almost looks like the snail has a face, doesn't it? The black eyes at the bases of the tentacles are indeed eyes; but the "nose", the vertical, grayish patch, I believe, is the radula and the "mouth" below it is the jaw. Both the radula and the jaw are within the head, but they are visible because the tissues are transparent.

More will follow.


John said...

It looks kind of cute from that angle.

Cindy said...

I see a slightly different face: there are little shiny, round "cheeks" under the eyes, and what you see as the nose, I see as a mouth making a big, surprised "O". The little line underneath it is the bottom lip.

Still cute, though.

Wanderin' Weeta said...

So cute! So if it weren't transparent, we should see just eyes and tentacles? But what are the two bumps just below the eyes?

Kazimir Majorinc said...

He has horns and goatee beard, dressed in white suit with red bow tie.

Don't sign any contract with him!

bev said...

He looks like a small cow, but then, I often think of snails as being like tiny grazing cattle.