#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, October 3rd, 2013 12:38
#2 By: Juan Rudametkin, October 3rd, 2013 21:45
First thing I thought about was Magritte: Ceci n'est pas une escargot, "This is not a snail"
#3 By: Daneyul, October 4th, 2013 07:44
The link didn't show it, but here's proof:
Interestingly though--this guy (Papustyla pulcherrima):
Manages to look almost identical via actual shell color. I think.
#4 By: Christopher Waldrop, October 4th, 2013 09:26
Fascinating. I wondered if there was a reason why Papustyla pulcherrima might be imitating Beddomea albizonatus--my first thought was that it would be a way of deterring predators, like the viceroy butterfly. But one's found in Sri Lanka and the other's found in New Guinea, so maybe it's just a coincidence.
#5 By: WearySky, October 4th, 2013 10:37
It's interesting that the snail's body inside the shell is green - yet the actual bits outside the shell are still kinda brown coloured.
#6 By: Daneyul, October 4th, 2013 12:23
Yep. That's why I went looking for an image of the shell--it just didn't seem right.
I guess, since in some ways the shell "is" the skin of the snail (it can't live without it) it's more the insides of the snail causing the color?
#7 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, October 8th, 2013 12:38
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