The giant African snail (Achatina fulica) secretes mucus for crawling and protection from moisture loss and pathogenic infections. The snail mucus has been popularly used as a bioactive reagent in medical and cosmeceutical products. This study observed the distribution of pedal mucous cells of A. fulica and the snail growth effect (1-3 mth) on pedal mucus production and the types of mucous cells. Foot tissues were processed using a paraffin technique and stained with Massons trichrome, periodic acid Schiff, and periodic acid Schiff-Alcian Blue at pH 2.5. Visualization under a light microscope showed that the pedal mucus of A. fulica was mainly produced from two types of mucous glands: 1) tubular mucous gland cells located on the dorsal part of foot that produced acid mucopolysaccharide mucus; and 2) round mucous gland cells located on the ventral part of foot that produced acid and neutral mucopolysaccharide mucus. A positive correlation between the acid mucin level and snail age was only ...
FOR INFORMATION AND ACTION. DA-2013-55 December 23, 2013 Subject: APHIS Establishes Additional Regulated Area in Florida for Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica, formerly Achatina fulica) To: State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is notifying stakeholders of a new regulated area for giant African snail (GAS) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Program personnel recently detected GAS in one residential area outside of existing regulated areas in Miami. The revised map and description of the new regulated areas are posted on the APHIS website at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/gas/downloads/gals-quarantinezone.pdf . In September 2011, APHIS confirmed the detection of GAS, Lissachatina fulica, in a residential area of Miami, Florida. GAS is one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different plants including vegetables, fruits, and ornamental crops. Since the ...
Several species of exotic snails are serious pests of plants and threats to public health.. Scientists consider the giant African snail, Lissachatina fulica, to be one of the most damaging snails in the world. It is known to eat at least 500 different types of plants, including breadfruit, cassava, cocoa, papaya, peanut, rubber, and most varieties of beans, peas, cucumbers, and melons. Believed to be originally from East Africa, L. fulica has established itself throughout the IndoPacific Basin, including the Hawaiian islands. This mollusk has also been introduced to the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. Recently, L. fulica infestations were detected on Saint Lucia and Barbados. In 1966, a Miami, FL, boy smuggled three giant African snails into south Florida upon returning from a trip to Hawaii. His grandmother eventually released the snails into her garden. Seven years later, more than 18,000 snails had been found along with scores of eggs. The Florida State eradication program ...
Achatina fulica is hermaphroditic; each individual snail has both male and female reproductive parts. There are no distinguishing parts separating sexes because each snail contains both sex reproductive systems. They do not self-fertilize, so the snails need to mate with another snail of their species. As a Stylommatophiora, Achatina fulica does not mate randomly; the snails mate with respect to age and size of other snails. Immature, small snails that are still growing produce only spermatozoa, while larger, mature adults produce both spermatozoa and ova. There is an age dependent mate choice when it comes to young snails because they need and prefer older adults to mate with. Young giant African snails copulate at all hours of the night, while older adults mate in the middle of the night. The snails choose their mates with respect to size and age, but the reproductive stage-dependent mate is a more attractive mate than the body size-dependent mate choice. Mating occurs when one snail ...
Impact. Giant African snails are already present in several Caribbean countries. In terms of environmental impact, the snails feed on indigenous vegetation and pose a conservation problem by altering habitat and out-competing other snails for food. For agriculture, they have become a destructive pest of crops and garden plants. To humans, they are vectors for disease, such as, eosinophilic meningitis, caused by the parasite rat lungworm that is passed to humans through eating raw or improperly cooked snails.. Control. Hand-collecting followed by proper disposal remains the safest means of control. Some programs advocate the use of snail traps, using beer as bait. Others have incorporated poisoning with molluscicides and other chemicals, and even using flame-throwers to burn snails alive, but there are safety concerns associated with these methods. Biological control backfired when the rosy wolf snail Euglandina rosea introduced to more than 20 oceanic islands and a number of Asian countries as a ...
1. Achatina fulica - The East African land snail, or giant African land snail, scientific name Achatina fulica, is a species of large, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Achatinidae. It is the smallest in size among all the desirable species for rearing in Africa.. Achatina fulica has a narrow, conical shell, which is twice as long as it is wide and contains 7 to 9 whorls when fully grown. The shell is generally reddish-brown in colour with weak yellowish vertical markings but colouration varies with environmental conditions and diet. A light coffee colour is common. Adults of the species may exceed 20cm in shell length but generally average about 5 to 10cm. The average weight of the snail is approximately 32 grams (Cooling 2005).. 2. Achatina Achatina - Achatina achatina, common name the giant Ghana snail, also known as the giant tiger land snail, is a species of very large, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the ...
Word that the giant African snail - a voracious mollusk that poses a potential health threat to humans - had come to Houston surfaced this week. [...] positive identification has yet to be made, said Autumn Smith-Herron, director of the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University, on Wednesday.
Los Angeles International Airport customs inspectors intercepted a pair of baskets containing dozens of live giant African snails, described by federal officials as one of the largest and most destructive...
THE genetics of sex-ratio variation are important in considering the adaptive sex ratios of organisms since they are direct products of sex-ratio evolution (Bull 1983; Werren and Beukeboom 1998) as well as possible constraints (West and Sheldon 2002). An important distinction among the genetic factors producing sex-ratio variation is whether they are cytoplasmic sex factors, nuclear sex-ratio genes, or nuclear sex-determining genes (Werren and Beukeboom 1998). Cytoplasmic sex factors are expressed either in the parent or in the zygote and are usually inherited only through the female lineage; this is demonstrated by the bacterium Wolbachia (Stouthamer et al. 2002). Sex-ratio genes are those expressed in the parent that affect offspring sex ratios, such as X chromosome drive genes in Drosophila spp. (Stouthamer et al. 2002). Sex-determining genes are those expressed in the zygote that determine the zygotes sex.. These genetic factors all affect the brood sex ratios, but they differ in their ...
A case of mistaken identity sparked a false alarm this week when word spread that the giant African snail - a voracious mollusk that poses a potential health threat to humans - had come to town. [...] it is fantastic people are alerting local and state officials when they see something suspicious, she said. The giant African snail is considered one of the most destructive snails and a serious threat to crops. The African snail has been a problem in Florida, where the state agriculture department has collected more than 100,000 in the past two years. Two other large but harmless snails in Houston-area gardens may be mistaken for the more dangerous giant African: the island apple snail and the channeled apple snail, said Autumn Smith-Herron of the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University.
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System architecture: the system is constructed of a back end - a carriage, Ben-Hur movie style, which is made of a yoke made of light Balsa, and outfitted with two huge wheels - 2 DVD wheels, 4.7 Giga each. The front end, to which the carriage is harnessed consist of a Giant snail (Achatina fulica), known also as Giant African Snail (Africans are known as the world fastest runners ...
ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 17, 2004) - Giant African Snails (GAS), which are illegal in the United States, are appearing in schoolrooms, pet stores and flea markets across the country (really!). While the snails can present some public health concerns, the agricultural and ecological damage they may cause, based on observations made in other parts of the world, is the most pressing issue. To increase public awareness of this problem, the Maryland Invasive Species Council has selected them as Invaders of the Month for September. GAS is an amusing acronym for yet another potentially serious threat to American agriculture, ecosystems and human health. Giant African Snails or, alternately, Giant African Land Snails (GALS) are several huge species in the genus Achatina. One, Achatina fulica, can have an eight-inch long shell and weigh up to two pounds. Because of their large size, ease of care and attractive shell patterns, these snails are tempting subjects for classroom study and the ever-expanding ...
Wetland Restoration and Invasive Species: Apple snail (Pomacea insularum) Feeding on Native and Invasive Aquatic Plants Lyubov E. Burlakova,1,2 Alexander Y. Karatayev,l Dianna K. Padilla,3 Leah D. Cartwright,4,5
The American state of Georgia faces a new problem as wildlife officials discovered the South American channeled apple snail along the Alabaha River in Pierce County last month. Similar snails have been seen in four American states, including at least nine Florida counties, and Indonesia.. Apple snails (those of the ampullariidae family) are tropical and sub-tropical freshwater snails. They are named for their round shell, which is apple shaped. The channeled apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) has a yellow-to-brown shell that may grow to the size of a baseball. Unlike many other freshwater gastropods, Apple Snails have both a lung and a gill. This allows them to live even in oxygen-poor waters. Outside of their natural habitat of South America, the snails have no natural enemies. As they reproduce quickly and feed on aquatic plants, which provide food and shelter for native species, they can be devastating to their new environment.. "This discovery is one of particular interest because of the ...
November 2009. Potential of replacing pawpaw fruit and leaves with cabbage peels as a natural feedstuff in the diet of Achatina achatina linne (African giant land snail). An experiment was carried out to assess the growth performance of African Giant Land Snail Achatina achatina Linnie fed with three natural feedstuff; pawpaw fruit, pawpaw leaves and cabbage leaves. A total of 24 growing snails of approximately one year old were used for the study. These were randomly divided into six groups and then allotted into the three experimental diets, arranged in a.... Author(s): Imran, G. T., Ayeni, O. D., Okunade, A. S. and Oyeleye, B. ...
Login to your account. Phagocyte-derived extracellular traps ETs were recently demonstrated mainly in vertebrate hosts as an important effector mechanism against invading parasites.. In the present study mucus Achatina in psoriazis aimed to characterize gastropod-derived invertebrate extracellular phagocyte trap InEPT formation in response to larval stages of important canine and feline metastrongyloid lungworms. Gastropod haemocytes were isolated from the slug species Arion lusitanicus and Limax maximus mucus Achatina in psoriazis, and the snail Achatina fulicaand exposed to larval stages of Angiostrongylus vasorumAelurostrongylus abstrusus and Troglostrongylus brevior and investigated for gastropod-derived InEPT formation.. Phase contrast as well as scanning electron microscopy SEM analyses of lungworm larvae-exposed haemocytes revealed ET-like structures to be extruded by haemocytes thereby contacting and ensnaring the parasites. Mucus Achatina in psoriazis studies of haemocyte-derived ...
Amazonian giant snail. This large gastropod mollusc is from the Megalobulimus genus, which consists of species found in South America. Adult Megalobulimus snails can reach lengths of around 8 centimetres. Like most land snails, this one breathes air, and has a shell constructed from calcium carbonate. At left are the snails eye stalks (ommatophores). Snails are invertebrates, crawling over surfaces that they lubricate by secreting mucus. The mucus also prevents them from drying out. Snails are generally herbivorous. Photographed in Ecuador. - Stock Image C011/9610
Oh no! Snails are getting a bad name in the U.S. I'm not talking about the delicate garlic-and-butter escargots that the French favor and savor. It&
Scientific name: Achatina fulica. Giant African land snails are nocturnal, moving around at night to feed on a wide range of plants.. Their conical shell is a brown colour with weak darker markings that appear as bands across the spiral, although the colouration can vary. The mantle, the fleshy part inside the shell through which the foot protrudes, is a pale yellowish colour. The columella, the smooth inner surface to the opening of the shell is also yellow. The head portion of the foot is light brown but the rest of the foot is paler with markings.. ...
We hypothesized that apple snails would change life-history traits in the presence of common carp to reduce or avoid predation risk. Carp of about 150 mm body length were released in small plots set in a rice field in southern Japan at 0, 0.2, or 0.6 carp/m2. Egg-mass size, proportion of hatched eggs, and duration of hatching of the snail were measured once or twice a week from July to September. Snails collected in traps were used to estimate both snail density by the Jolly-Seber mark-recapture method and distribution of shell lengths in each plot. The weight of the snail was regressed on a size-weight equation, and the snail biomass was determined by multiplying the estimated density and the regressed weight. The reproductive effort of the snails was calculated as the number of eggs divided by the biomass of adult females. The egg mass size and reproductive effort were significantly increased in the presence of carp. These increases were considered as life-history changes of apple snails in the
An account is given of a laboratory investigation designed to evaluate the extent to which the freshwater pulmonate snail Biomphalaria glabrata (Say) can utilize various species of aquatic plants, mainly macrophytes, when presented in the following forms over different time scales: (i) normal plants; (ii) dried plant material; (iii) homogenized plant material in calcium alginate matrices; (iv) water-soluble filtrates of plant homogenates in the medium. The following propositions, derived from the theory of phased coevolution of components of the module consisting of the epiphytic bacteria, algae, snails and macrophytes, are evaluated on the basis of the present results and others including those obtained in this laboratory, (i) That as the snails had become specialized to exploit surface communities of epiphytic algae, decaying plant material and dissolved organic matter (DOM) early in their evolutionary history they would continue to exploit these resources when they later become associated ...
(Achatina fulica) Description Most species of giant African land snail reach between 10cm and 20cm in length although some breeds can get as large as 30cm! These
I was hoping that some kind of giant snail like the one above actually existed (or had existed, though all I could find when looking up giant snail fossils was places to buy them...). However, the actual largest living snail in the world is called the Australian trumpet snail (and Ill let you google them yourselves if you want to see pictures of them, because theyre pretty freaky and I learnt my lesson after people freaked about me posting about underwater spiders). Heres a picture of a shell which once contained a trumpet snail, so you can imagine how huge they are ...
If you are reticent about trying snails, do not order a whole portion, snails are sold in dozens, and you may order just half-a-dozen in most restaurants. Ask. Consider dipping your little toe in first, just to test the water, and for that, you do not even have to eat a snail. Just like when you first ordered mussels order a small portion. In France when you order your first half portion of snails, order a demi-douzaine descargot, the smallest portion sold, of Escargots à la Bourguignonne, snails prepared in the manner of Burgundy. Your order will bring you half a dozen snails cooked in the style of Burgundy; Frances most famous recipe snail recipe. The sauce in which the snails are cooked, and served, in this dish is half the enjoyment. The snails are always cooked outside the shell so if you do not like the shell I am sure they will do the necessary, many bistros, in any case, serve snails without the shell ...
Effects of Breed on Reproductive Efficiency of Two Most Popular Snails [Archachatina marginata (S) and Achatina achatina (L)] in Nigeria
A snail is a common name for a kind of mollusc. The term is used for a gastropod with a coiled shell.. Snails and slugs which breathe with a kind of lung are members of a group, the Pulmonata, which was a well-known order in traditional taxonomy. Their fossil records extends back into the Carboniferous period.[1]. However, the Pulmonata was found to be polyphyletic in a molecular study.[2] What this means is that, in the course of evolution, the same life-style evolved in a number of different lines. Therefore the pulmonates are polyphyletic, and the Pulmonata is no longer an official term in biological classification.. The term "snail" is also sometimes used for aquatic snail-like gastropods, which usually have gills. Actually, most snail species are marine snails: they have much greater diversity and a greater biomass. Numerous kinds of snail can also be found in fresh water habitats.. Close relatives of the snails are the slugs, which are basically snails without shells. Both slugs and snails ...
The Giant Snail Racers are about to have their first cross-country (or is it cross-sim) race of 2016. Usually the snail races are in their own sim in an obstacle course. But about once a month from March to July during the Relay season, under the name "Giant Snail Racing Team" RacerX Gullwing runs these marathons spanning dozens of sims. This race, starting at 11AM SL time on Saturday March 19, runs from Abitibi to Noyo goes across a total of 45 sims ...
Tiny marine snails known as sea butterflies appear to fly underwater much like winged insects do when taking to the sky - representsing a remarkable example of convergent evolution, where two unrelated species develop features that are used in similar ways.
By DAVID MERCER. Associated Press Writer. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Scientists worry that a rapidly reproducing, tiny invasive snail recently found in Lake Michigan could hurt the lake s ecosystem.. The New Zealand mud snail joins a long and growing list of nonnative species moving into the Great Lakes, threatening to disrupt the food chain and change the local environment.. Scientists checking Lake Michigan water samples earlier this summer found a population of the New Zealand mud snail, the Illinois Natural History Survey said. They grow to only a few millimeters several dozen could sit on the surface of a dime making them hard to spot.. The snails reproduce asexually and in large numbers, and have no natural predators in North America, Kevin Cummings, a scientist who works for the Natural History Survey, said Thursday.. That means they could quickly spread, at high enough densities to out-compete native invertebrates for food and living space, he and other scientists say.. It s hard enough to ...
When starting her own lab at James Cook University, Australia, Jodie Rummer applied for a Travelling Fellowship from JEB to gather data on oxygen consumption rates of coral reef fishes at the Northern Great Barrier Reef. A few years later, Björn Illing, from the Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, Germany, followed in Jodies footsteps and used a JEB Travelling Fellowship to visit Jodies lab. There, he studied the effects of temperature on the survival of larval cinnamon clownfish. Jodie and Björns collaboration was so successful that they have written a collaborative paper, and Björn has now returned to continue his research as a post-doc in Jodies Lab. Read their story here.. Where could your research take you? The deadline to apply for the current round of Travelling Fellowships is 30 Nov 2017. Apply now!. ...
The Department of Agriculture has seized about 1,200 illegal giant African snails, all tracing back to a single illegal vendor in Georgia.
The pulmonate snail Chondrina avenacea lives on exposed rock walls where it experiences drastic daily and seasonal fluctuations of abiotic conditions and food availability. We found that tolerance to
Like all the other mollusks, snails are one nauseating creatures that can make your life completely miserable. Usually snails dwell on the aquatic environments especially the snail that lives nearby water and those snails are not as bad for the human kind as the garden snails. Garden snails are found in chunks at your gardens, orchards and porches. Snails are also called as slugs but there is a slight difference between snails and slugs and that is that the slugs have got no shells on their surfaces and on the other hand the garden snails have got shells on their surfaces. The main problem with the snails is that the breed in great number and it is quite difficult to control their reproduction, when they start reproducing they go on and on in a single month. They only need a month to reproduce as much as they can.. ...
We have developed and validated a qPCR assay and water filtration procedure for detecting the presence of environmental DNA shed by the invasive and widespread aquatic nuisance species New Zealand Mud Snail (NZMS), Potamopyrgus antipodarum. Our qPCR assay targets the junction of two P. antipodarum mitochondrial genes, rather than using primers in a single, highly conserved mitochondrial gene such as Cytochrome Oxidase I (CO1), as a way of decreasing the likelihood of getting false PCR positives due to cross-reactivity in taxonomically complex filtered water samples. Additionally, our qPCR assay uses a serial dilution series of plasmid DNA containing the NZMS target primer and probe sequences as a positive control and to generate the standard curve. This allows an absolute quantitation of the efficiency and sensitivity of the qPCR assay and the number of NZMS target DNA molecules in a sample; the demonstrated sensitivity is less than 10 molecules per reaction. The specificity of the assay for ...
Giant snails occur in a number of countries throughout the world. AUSTRALIAS LARGEST SNAIL: The Giant Panda Snail, Hedleyella falconeri In Australia, our largest snail is the Giant Panda Snail which can be found in living under logs, in forest debris especially palm litter in rainforests from Barrington Tops in Northern New South Wales to…
Andrews, J. 1981. A field guide: Texas shells. Austin: University of Texas Press. Duval, M., A. Calzetta, D. Rittschof. 1994. Behavioral responses of Littorina irrorata (SAY) to water-borne odors. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 20: 3321-3334. Emerson, W., M. Jacobson. 1976. American The Museum of Natural History: guide to shells: land, freshwater and marine, from Nova Scotia to Florida. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Graça, M., S. Newell, R. Kneib. 2000. Grazing rates of organic matter and living fungal biomass of decaying Spartina alterniflora by three species of salt-marsh invertebrates. Marine Biology, 136: 281-289. Hamilton, P. 1982. Behavioral responses to visual stimuli by the snail, Littorina irrorata. Animal Behaviour, 30: 752-760. Hamilton, P. 1976. Predation on Littorina irrorata by Callinectes sapidus (Crustacea: Portunidae). Bulletin of Marine Science, 26: 403-409. Hamilton, P., S. Ardizzoni, J. Penn. 1983. Eye structure and optics in the intertidal snail Littorina irrorata. Journal of ...
This is not a terrestrial snail. It is an aquatic snail that is amphibious. The specimens that I found were in one case a few inches from the water on a wet leaf. Another time I found them on a wet brick that was a an inch or two above the water line of an intermittent stream that had dried out.. Most land snails in Iowa belong to the order Stylommatophora. This snail does not. In the Stylommatophera the eyes are at the tips of the first pair of tentacles. In this snail, although you cannot see it in the photos, the eyes are at the base of the tentacles ...
Land snail: Land snail, any of the approximately 35,000 species of snails (phylum Mollusca) adapted to life away from water. Most species are members of the subclass Pulmonata (class Gastropoda); a few are members of the subclass Prosobranchia. Typically, land snails live on or near the ground, feed on
Summary Measurement of rheotactic responses of Australorbis glabratus indicated that stream velocities above 35 cm/sec prevent any degree of upstream progression, but that below this flow rate snails show increasing ability for positive rheotactic orientation movement. When chemical attractants were applied, A. glabratus increased its rate of upstream migration. Persistence of increased progression rates after the cessation of chemical stimulation suggests a behavioral pattern similar to that known to exist in insects subjected to pheromonal stimulation.
H-tryptophyl-lysyl-glutaminyl-methionyl-seryl-valyl-tryptophylamide: a neuromodulatory peptide from the ganglia of African giant snail, Achatina fulica
Reid, David G. (2009). Littorina saxatilis var. sanguinea Coen, 1933. In: MolluscaBase (2017). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=445945 on 2017-12- ...
On September 9, 2016 the WooFDriver and his crew took to the Stony Valley Railroad Grade Trail for a WereWooFS adventure and found these Land Snails(terrestrial gastropod mollusks) crawling on headstones! Maybe they made their way here as most Land Snails only live one year! Some others however are known to live a little longer at 2-3 years.. Wikipedias Webpage to learn more about Land Snails. Enjoy these photos of snails the WooFDriver captured ...
Galba truncatula can occupy both temporary and permanent freshwater habitats.[15][16] The species occurs commonly in shallow well aerated water, in marshes, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, water ditches.[15][17] In France, the populations of Galba truncatula are declining because its habitat is threatened by modern agricultural practices.[18] In case of larger water bodies, the snail occurs mostly on the edge between water and land, sometimes outside water layer on mud.[15] Galba truncatula can be very abundant, with high population densities and it has an evident anthropophily including usual presence in human neighbourhood.[4] Galba truncatula is amphibious organism and can survive long dry periods. This is caused by its high ability to aestivate during drought conditions. It is known that Galba truncatula can survive 6 weeks to 4.5 months of dry periods in aestivated stage in mud. In the laboratory cultures, Kendall (1949) observed survival over 1 year in Petri dishes without water.[15] The ...
So apparently the Miami area is fighting an invasion of Giant African Land Snails, an invasive species of gastropod thats capable of EATING THROUGH WALLS. Well, stucco and plaster anyways. Which is what some walls are made of. Unless...
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For more than eight years, the FDACS and the USDA have been working cooperatively to eradicate the giant African land snail from Miami-Dade..
As humans release more and more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the gas is dissolving into the ocean, making seawater more acidic. This threatens the growth and survival of animals such as some corals and snails, whose skeletons and shells may become thinner under more acidic conditions.. But ocean acidification can have more subtle consequences, such as affecting animal behavior and the relationships between predators and prey. Researchers in Senior Scientist Jim Barrys lab at MBARI have been studying these effects in the institutes state-of-the-art seawater lab. They recently published a paper showing how ocean acidification makes some snails more susceptible to being eaten by invasive (and predatory) green crabs.. The study, published in early May 2019 in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, involved placing green crabs in containers with three different species of marine snails, and exposing the animals to seawater at different temperatures and levels of acidity. The idea was to ...
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Meet Dr. Ellen Strong, a zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Learn about the risks faced by snail populations in rapidly-changing freshwater ecosystems. Consider the ecological impacts of human activities such as damming and mining, which supply people with resources. Follow Ellen to freshwater streams around the U.S. as she studies vulnerable snail populations. See how Ellen discovers new species as she races to catalogue the biodiversity of freshwater snails, even as some species are faced with extinction.