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Madagasikara zazavavindrano

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

Martin Pueschel
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This is a conspicuous species found only in creeks within the remnants of natural rainforests in the north-west of Madagascar. Madagascar has already lost most of its forests and so it is no surprise that this species is threatened as much as its natural habitat. The name of this species refers to the Zazavavindrano, water spirits in 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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