Oct 14, 2014 5:39 PM GMT
Hermaphrodite snail named after marriage equality
Wikipedia:Dr. Yen-Chang Lee, co-author of the ZooKeys paper describing the species, said: "When we were preparing the manuscript, it was a period when Taiwan and many other countries and states were struggling for the recognition of same-sex marriage rights. It reminded us that Pulmonata land snails are hermaphrodite animals, which means they have both male and female reproductive organs in single individual. They represent the diversity of sex orientation in the animal kingdom. We decided that maybe this is a good occasion to name the snail to remember the struggle for the recognition of same-sex marriage rights."
Aegista:Species within this genus create and use love darts as part of their mating behavior.