Cone snails have multiple venoms
(Phys.org) —Cone snails change "weapons" depending on whether they are hunting or defending themselves, University of Queensland researchers have discovered.
In bubble-rafting snails, the eggs came first
(PhysOrg.com) -- It's "Waterworld" snail style: Ocean-dwelling snails that spend most of their lives floating upside down, attached to rafts of mucus bubbles.
Genomes of limpet, leech and worm put spotlight on lophotrochozoans
A new report in the journal Nature unveils three of the first genomes from a vast, understudied swath of the animal kingdom that includes as many as one-quarter of Earth's marine species. By publishing the ge ...
Do snails need their slime trails to move ahead? It's a sticky question
(PhysOrg.com) -- High-resolution videos of moving snails and slugs reveal the details of how snails get around on their own distinctive brand of slime.
First evidence of sleep in snails
1,500-year-old landfill discovered in USVI
(AP)—Crews renovating a public square in the U.S. Virgin Islands have discovered a 1,500-year-old landfill stuffed with shells, bones and pottery fragments.
Snail study reveals that stress is bad for memory
New research on pond snails has revealed that high levels of stress can block memory processes. Researchers from the University of Exeter and the University of Calgary trained snails and found that when they ...
Chocolate makes snails smarter
Chocolate isn't usually on the diet for snails, but when Lee Fruson and Ken Lukowiak from the University of Calgary, became curious about the effects of diet on memory, they decided to try a flavonoid from ...
Deep-sea vent animals not as isolated as they seem
(Phys.org) —Miles below the ocean surface, diverse ecosystems flourish at hydrothermal vents. Without sunlight, animals live off of bacteria that thrive on chemicals billowing out of the Earth's crust. ...
Untangling the tree of life
These days, phylogeneticists – experts who painstakingly map the complex branches of the tree of life – suffer from an embarrassment of riches. The genomics revolution has given them mountains of DNA ...
Environmental change impacts on migratory shorebirds differ for males and females
Extensive shell fishing and sewerage discharge in river estuaries could have serious consequences for the rare Icelandic black-tailed godwits that feed there. But it is the males that are more likely to suffer, ...
Snails with shells coiling to the left survive snake attacks (w/ Video)
Evolution in the oceans: Long-term study indicates phytoplankton can adapt to ocean acidification
Fossil fuel derived carbon dioxide has a serious impact on global climate but also a disturbing effect on the oceans, know as the other CO2 problem. When CO2 dissolves in seawater it forms carbonic acid and ...