Image: Madagasikara vazimba

Madagasikara vazimba

Madagasikara vazimba, a newly discovered species of river snail from north-western Madagascar.

Photographer:
Martin Pueschel
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Notes

Madagasikara vazimba reaches a shell height of 2 to 3 centimetres. So far, it is only known from one locality on Madagascar and might therefore be threatened by the general degradation of freshwater habitats on this island. The species name refers to the Vazimba, dwarf-like original inhabitants of Madagascar according to Madagascan mythology.

Köhler, F. & M. Glaubrecht. 2010. Uncovering an overlooked radiation: molecular phylogeny and biogeography of Madagascar’s endemic river snails (Caenogastropoda: Pachychilidae: Madagasikara gen. nov.). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 99: 867–894.


 

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