The function of dart shooting in helicid snails*

@inproceedings{Chase2007TheFO,
  title={The function of dart shooting in helicid snails*},
  author={R. Chase},
  year={2007}
}
  • R. Chase
  • Published 2007
  • Biology
  • Some stylommatophoran species, including several helicid snails common to Europe and North America, drive sharp, calcareous darts into their sexual partners prior to copulation. Why any animal would treat a prospective mate in this manner has been the subject of considerable speculation. One widely held belief is that the dart stimulates the partner. Here, I review evidence showing that this hypothesis, along with several others, is almost certainly incorrect. On the other hand, there is strong… CONTINUE READING
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