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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Guide to land snails of Andalusia, Spain – pdf (free download)

For those of you interested in Mediterranean and especially Iberian land snails, here is a gem: Caracoles Terrestres de Andalucía. General information, identification, distribution maps, and full colour photographs of the terrestrial gastropod species of southern Spain, available in this 300+ page book (in Spanish), fully downloadable for free as a pdf. (Courtesy of the official website of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia – Consejería de Medio Ambiente).



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