Newly Discovered Snails Are So Small They Fit In The Eye Of A Needle

Try finding these in a haystack

We may not have an answer to how many angels can polka on a pin, but now we know how many snails can fit in the eye of a needle. The answer is 10.

In a paper published in the journal ZooKeys today, researchers describe the discovery of 'microsnails' in China.

The scientists found tiny grey shells (devoid of occupants) in the soil, and identified seven new species of land snail.

The smallest, Angustopila dominikae was identified from a single specimen that was only 0.86 mm long. Another small species described in the paper, Angustopila subelevata, averaged 0.87 mm long.

All of the identifications of these animals (and their potential record-breaking size) is inferred from their shells. The researchers have yet to find any living specimens.

*Angustopila dominikae*

Angustopila dominikae

10 shells of the snail Angustopila dominikae can fit in the eye of a sewing needle.Dr. Barna Páll-Gergely and Nikolett Szpisjak
*Angustopila dominikae*

Angustopila dominikae

A close-up of what is believed to be the smallest known land snail.Dr. Barna Páll-Gergely
*Angustopila subelevata*

Angustopila subelevata

Another species of microsnail described in the study.Dr. Barna Páll-Gergely