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Last Tree Snail Dies, And A Species Goes Extinct by johnjay4u2u(m): 5:17pm On Jan 09, 2019
George the tree snail ( Achatinella apexfulva ) died on January 1, 2019, at the age of 14. He was the last snail of his species, and is emblematic of the loss of native Hawaiian mollusks.
George was born in a captive breeding facility at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in the early 2000s, and soon after, the rest of his kin died. That’s when he got his name—after
Lonesome George, the Pinta Island tortoise who was also the last of his kind.
For over a decade, researchers searched in vain for another member of the species for George to mate with, to no avail. (Though these snails are hermaphrodites, two adults must mate to produce offspring, and researchers refer to George as a “he.”)
“I’m sad, but really, I’m more angry because this was such a special species, and so few people knew about it,” says Rebecca Rundell, an evolutionary biologist with State University of New York who used to help care for George and his kin.
Throughout his life, George was a public face for the struggles facing Hawaiian land snails. His death highlights both the vast diversity of indigenous snails—and their desperate plight.
“I know it’s just a snail, but it represents a lot more,” says David Sischo, a wildlife biologist with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and coordinator of the Snail Extinction Prevention Program.


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Re: Last Tree Snail Dies, And A Species Goes Extinct by profeazy: 11:00pm On Jan 09, 2019
Why did 'he'not impregnate herself! Endtime George!
Re: Last Tree Snail Dies, And A Species Goes Extinct by nedubest(m): 12:22am On Jan 10, 2019
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Re: Last Tree Snail Dies, And A Species Goes Extinct by PurestBoy(m): 7:04am On Jan 10, 2019
Not even a picture and how sure are they that that was the last surviving one?
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Re: Last Tree Snail Dies, And A Species Goes Extinct by Yohh: 8:42am On Jan 10, 2019
No pictures? U must be kidneying..
Re: Last Tree Snail Dies, And A Species Goes Extinct by Ufedolove: 9:16am On Jan 10, 2019
The last tree snail that they know has died
Re: Last Tree Snail Dies, And A Species Goes Extinct by Immanuels7(m): 10:42am On Jan 10, 2019
pics pls

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