Otala

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Otala
Otala punctata2.jpg
Otala punctata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Family: Helicidae
Genus: Otala
Schumacher, 1817

Otala is a genus of land snails in the family Helicidae.[1]

Archaeological evidence in Morocco indicates the exploitation of O. lactea by ancient Romans as a food source.[2]

Distribution[edit]

This genus of snail is native to northwestern Africa and southwestern Europe.

Anatomy[edit]

These snails create and shoot love darts as part of their courtship and mating behavior.

Species[edit]

Species within the genus Otala include:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taxonomy of the Genus Otala (2008). Uniprot.
  2. ^ Hogan, C. M. Volubilis. In: Burnham, A. (ed.) The Megalithic Portal. 2007.
  3. ^ Genus summary for Otala. AnimalBase, accessed 7 August 2009.

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