December 14, 2013

Brazil cave snail Habeas

In Brazil, a new genus of snails has been found in a limestone cave threatened by quarrying. Three new species were found and Luiz Ricardo Simone of the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo has named the genus Habeas.

One of the snails is Habeas corpus. A Habeas corpus in legal terms is a writ requiring a person to be brought before a judge or into court, mainly to investigate lawfulness of his restraint.

In the case of the snail it is an attempt to conserve the cave and surroundings from quarrying. The cave is in the Caatinga, which is a type of desert vegetation, in Bahia, northeast Brazil.

See photos on this snail blog .

Simone, L.R.L. (2013). Habeas, a new genus of Diplommatinidae from Central Bahia, Brazil (Caenogastropoda), with description of three new species. — Journal of Conchology 41: 519–525.

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