New kind of mollusk with an appetite for MEAT is found preserved in an Australian museum that belongs to a species so rare, scientists have yet to see one alive

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  • A new type of carnivorous mollusk found in an Australian museum collection
  • It is named Amoria Thore after Thora Whitehead, in whose collection it was found.
  • The mollusk has a stock build and a cream-colored shell with a wavy pattern.
  • It is inhabited in parts of Cape Moreton, Queensland and Tweed Heads

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A museum builder at the Queensland Museum in Australia discovered a previously unknown mollusk with an appetite for meat.

Called Amoria thore, the creature is part of the carnivorous Volutidae family of sea snails and a new species of Amoria, a type of mollusk with a wavy shell.

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Amoria species, so rare, scientists have yet to find a living specimen and are left with only empty shells, according to the study published in Nature.

The shell of Amoria Thora is much smaller than that of other carnivorous molluscs and is a cream color with dark lines that form a wave-like pattern that runs from top to bottom.

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The museum says the mollusks have inhabited parts of Cape Moreton, Queensland and Tweed Heads, New South Wales.

A museum builder at the Queensland Museum in Australia discovers a previously unknown mollusk with an appetite for meat

Queensland Museum of Marine Environments (Mollusks) Dr John Healy said he had long known about a potential new species of carnivorous sea snail off the central-east coast of Australia.

Healy said, ‘I’ve seen a shell of this sea snail featured in a book, but it hasn’t been officially described, so you can imagine my delight when I photographed this new collection, I was struck by this potentially new Not one, but two specimens of the species were found. one in Statement.

The specimen of Amoria thore is that of a small adult, which is almost intact except for the faeces on the shell.

Compared to other Amoria molluscs, the new species is ‘stocky with a broad, distinctly angular shoulder’, Healy shared in the study.

Called Amoria thore, the creature is part of the carnivorous Volutidae family of sea snails and is a new species of Amoria, a type of mollusk with a wavy shell meaning it has a wavy shell.

Called Amoria thore, the creature is part of the carnivorous Volutidae family of sea snails and is a new species of Amoria, a type of mollusk that has a wavy shell which means it has a wavy shell.

Healy hopes that ‘further collecting will determine the depth at which living A. Thore can be found.’

The museum says the mollusks have inhabited parts of Cape Moreton, Queensland and Tweed Heads, New South Wales.

The museum says the mollusks have inhabited parts of Cape Moreton, Queensland and Tweed Heads, New South Wales.

All members of the Volutidae family and their prey include other mollusks and their prey includes mollusks and echinoderms, which include starfish and sea urchins.

Whereas Amoria is a genus of medium-sized marine gastropods (snails and slugs) in the family Volutidae.

These predatory creatures are found in inshore and offshore waters along the coast of Australia; Many species are widespread in the offshore waters of southern Indonesia.

Amoria Thore was part of the vast collection of Brisbane resident Thora Whitehead that was donated to the museum and named in her honor.

It contains thousands of species, including many rare and exotic species, which were collected by Thora himself.

Amoria is a genus of medium-sized marine gastropods (snails and slugs) in the family Volutidae.  These predatory creatures are found in coastal and offshore waters throughout the coast of Australia.

Amoria is a genus of medium-sized marine gastropods (snails and slugs) in the family Volutidae. These predatory creatures are found in coastal and offshore waters throughout the coast of Australia.

Dr Healy said, ‘Thora had collected much of the material over 50 years from areas as diverse as mangroves, surf beaches, shale beds, rock platforms and coral reefs, from areas around Australian and particularly Queensland shorelines.

‘Thora’s collection will continue to provide the basis for public education and future research projects for decades to come and should always be the scale by which any collection of scientific merit (such as this one) is measured.’

Queensland Museums Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said that with over 200,000 specimens, the collection was significant.

“We are grateful to Thora Whitehead and her family for this important donation to the State Collection,” Thompson said.

‘Thora has been recognized by the scientific community for his contributions to malaccology (the study of mollusks) and has co-authored several publications on the subject and has about a dozen species of molluscs named in his honor, the most recent being Includes species from his collection.’

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