A carnivorous Solaropsis

The biology of most Neotropical land snails is virtually unknown. In some cases one can infer indirectly, e.g. by radula structure, details about the feeding preference. A recent note (Oliviera, 2010) gives some details about the feeding preference of a Solaropsis species. 

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During a week in the laboratory, all vegetable food was ignored. When after a week, however, fresh meat was presented to the snail it was immediately digested. Although this isn’t any proof for a carnivorous habit ‘in the wild’, it is still an interesting observation.
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Reference:
Oliveira, L.E., 2010. Carnivory in Solaropsis aff. fairchildi (Gastropoda, Solaropsidae). – Strombus 17: 12-13.
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