Fusitriton oregonensis Oregon hairy triton is a species of large predatory sea snaila marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cymatiidae. The snail was given its specific name oregonensis meaning "of Oregon" to honor the Oregon Territory by conchologist John Howard Redfield in It was declared the state seashell of Oregon in by the 65th Legislative Assembly.
Researchers surveying the remote islands off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia WA documented a series of previously undiscovered land snail living in the untouched region. Having recently completed analysis of the survey, which ran from toscientists concluded that there was up to 13 unique species of snail living on each of the islands. The newly discovered molluscs range from snails less than two millimetres long to larger snails covered in "alien-like" hair.
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Updated January 18, They may be slow-moving and somewhat sluggish, but new species of snail have been discovered by scientists in Australia's far north — proving the slimy molluscs are surprisingly well-travelled. Researchers surveying remote islands off the Kimberley coast have documented new species of land snail living throughout the relatively untouched wilderness.
Costly structures need to represent an adaptive advantage in order to be maintained over evolutionary times. Contrary to many other conspicuous shell ornamentations of gastropods, the haired shells of several Stylommatophoran land snails still lack a convincing adaptive explanation. Haired shells appeared to be the ancestral character state, a feature most probably lost three times independently.
Hairy sea hare Bursatella leachii. Furry sea hare Stylocheilus sp. Miliaris cowrie Cypraea miliaris.