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Ki‘ai Moku: Hawaiian land snails varied in color and shape

July 14, 2013
By LISSA FOX STROHECKER , for The Maui News

The tale of Hawaiian land snails began millions of years ago as the first plants and animals began to colonize the islands. Researchers don't know exactly how snails arrived - perhaps stuck to the feathers of a bird or on a floating tree trunk. But in a remarkable story of evolutionary radiation, some 21 or more of those first species that arrived over the millennia gave rise to more than 750 distinct species. Of those, 99 percent are endemic to Hawaii - found here and nowhere else.

 
 
 

 

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