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Snails in the flowers of Campanula jacobaea C.Sm. ex Webb (Campanulaceae) from the island of São Nicolau, Cabo Verde archipelago

Mathieu L. GARDÈRE

en Adansonia 40 (14) - Pages 183-186

Published on 17 December 2018

On the eastern flank of the island of São Nicolau in the Cape Verde archipelago, a species of snail Leptaxis bollei (Albers, 1854) (Pulmonata, Hygromiidae) was observed on several occasions in the flowers of Campanula jacobaea C.Sm. ex Webb (Campanulaceae), feeding on anthers and sheltering in the bottom of the corolla. Much more than just a predator, the snail is an occasional but active transporter of pollen on its shell, favouring cross-pollination and considered here a rare example of malacophily.

Keywords :

Pollination, Mollusca, Campanulaceae, Cabo Verde, malacophily

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