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The mechanics of shell-carrying by the clausiliid Euxina circumdata (Pfeiffer, 1848)
 
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Section of Mollusks, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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Aydin Örstan   

Section of Mollusks, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 15213 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Submission date: 2013-03-15
Final revision date: 2013-06-28
Acceptance date: 2013-07-01
Publication date: 2020-04-03
 
Folia Malacol. 2013;21(3):171–174
 
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This study compared the growths of the foot and the shell of the clausiliid snail Euxina circumdata during its ontogeny. Also monitored was how the snails carried their shells in apparent conformity with the changes in the relative dimensions of their shells and feet. In juvenile snails foot lengths were comparable to shell lengths, but the feet stopped growing before the shells reached adult sizes. As a result, adults had feet much shorter than their shells. Juvenile snails could raise their shells, but the adults dragged them. A torque equation is presented to explain the relation between the shell and foot dimensions and the angle at which the shell is carried.
 
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