The world’s smallest species of snails fit in the eye of the needle

In the study of soil samples collected from the limestone cliffs in the province of Guangxi in southern China, an international team of researchers from the US, Switzerland, Japan and Hungary has found some empty shells, the height of which was less than a millimeter.
It turned out that the two new species unknown to science microscopic snails.
First detected in a single copy, it was named Angustopila dominikae after the wife of one of the authors of Pall-Dzhirgli Barna (Barna Páll-Gergely), Shinshu University employee. Perhaps this kind of - record for the smallest size in the world, because of its shell height was only 0.86 millimeters.

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