Macro Monday: Cantareus apertus

A lucky encounter with a juvenile Cantareus apertus, also known as the green snail. Native of the Mediterranean and North Africa, these snails spend most of their life underground, but emerge after rain. Subadults like this one have a yellowish-green shell and body, which will darken with time: as adults they are almost black fleshed and have uniformely brown shells.

In spite of their small size (about 2,5-3 cm in diameter), these snails are highly prized for culinary purposes, especially in southern Italian peninsula of Salento, where they are known as municeddhi, municedde or moniceddi. (They are said to be far superior to other edible snails, even Helix pomatia)

 

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maaike
    Oct 11, 2010 @ 13:07:33

    a great macro

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  2. Kala
    Oct 11, 2010 @ 16:29:30

    Wonderful detail and DoF

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  3. Marisa
    Oct 11, 2010 @ 22:15:18

    Fantastic macro shot of the snail :) look at he detail on the body…

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  4. Lisa's Chaos
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 21:54:35

    He is tiny! How neat! Snails are slow enough to keep up with too, lol.

    Reply

  5. Dale
    Oct 27, 2010 @ 16:27:04

    Nice shot, I like the depth of field and the detail.

    Reply

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