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Thirty-six species of snails which are new to science have been found in the uplands of Samoa’s Savai’i Island.
30 sept. 2013 - SamoaObserver.

A New Zealand Department of Conservation entomologist, Eric Edwards, was part of a large team of researchers who spent 10 days exploring the bird, plant, lizard and insect life there.

Mr. Edwards says they were camping and collecting samples between 1,000 and 1,800 metres above sea level, an area still largely unexplored.

He says the higher they got, the fewer lizards there were, and because of the time of year there was not much fruit to attract birds.

But he says they rediscovered moths that haven’t been seen in years, and snails extinct at low altitude.

“This upland area in Savai’i, part of its naturalness is how un-invaded it is,” he says.

“Very few things have invaded there amongst the insect fauna. So that means the snail fauna is very intact.”

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