maggiekb at October 3rd, 2013 12:38 — #1
niktemadur at October 3rd, 2013 21:45 — #2
First thing I thought about was Magritte: Ceci n'est pas une escargot, "This is not a snail"
daneyul at October 4th, 2013 07:44 — #3
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.
spunkytws at October 4th, 2013 09:26 — #4
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.
wearysky at October 4th, 2013 10:37 — #5
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.
daneyul at October 4th, 2013 12:23 — #6
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?
maggiekb at October 8th, 2013 12:38 — #7
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