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The Critically Endangered Pondoland Cannibal Snail (RHYTIDIDAE)

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This South African snail belongs to a widespread family known as cannibal snails (Rhytididae), so named for their habit of feeding on other snails. These snails do not have jaws, but instead feed using a rasping tongue-like structure (radula) bearing long, curved teeth, a specialisation for their carnivorous diet. The Pondoland cannibal snail has a relatively flattened and visibly grooved spiral shell, which is yellow-ochre to olive-green in colour.

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