University of Michigan They stuck tiny computers onto the snails to understand how it evaded predators. SnailBot 9000 Scientists from the University of Michigan took an unusual approach to wildlife conservation: turning the threatened animals into cyborgs so they could keep track of them and study how they survive. Back in the 1970s, scientists introduced an invasive snail called the rosy wolf snail to the Society Islands in French Polynesia. What followed was a bloodbath, according to a press release on the new research, as the invasive snail eradicated nearly every native tree snail species in the area. It was a devastating loss of biodiversity, but five species managed to survive, including the Partula hyalina . Now, thanks to the cyborg study , which was published Tuesday in the journal Communications Biology , researchers have finally figured out how. Solar Snails Both snails — P. hyalina and the rosy wolf snail that hunts it — are nocturnal. But the study revealed that the rosy wolf snail is more vulnerable to sunlight than the P. hyaline , allowing the latter to hang out near the edges of the forest during the day while its predator needs to retreat into the […]

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