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Molecular trails from hitch-hiking snails
Gittenberger, E.; Groenenberg, D.S.J.; Kokshoorn, B.; Preece, R.C. (2006). Molecular trails from hitch-hiking snails. Nature (Lond.) 439(7075): 409.
In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
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  • Gittenberger, E., more
  • Groenenberg, D.S.J.
  • Kokshoorn, B.
  • Preece, R.C.

    Darwin was fascinated by the transportation of land snails across great swathes of open ocean by birds — he even immersed snails in sea water to see how long they would survive. Here we follow a molecular phylogenetic trail that reveals the incredible transequatorial dispersal of the land snail Balea from Europe to the Azores and the Tristan da Cunha islands, and back again. This long-distance dispersal is unexpected for what are proverbially considered the most pedestrian of creatures.

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