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    Sagan's Avatar Carl Sagan
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    Giant, fluorescent pink slugs discovered

    Ben Cubby
    Environment Editor



    High in the mists that shroud Mount Kaputar, near Narrabri in north-western NSW, scientists have discovered a secret world.
    By day it is an isolated pocket of snow gums, wrapped in straggling native vines.
    People tend to focus on the cute and cuddly bird and mammal species like koalas. But these little invertebrates drive whole ecosystems.

    But on rainy nights, it is the domain of giant, fluorescent pink slugs - up to 20 centimetres long - and carnivorous, cannibal land snails that roam the mountaintop in search of their vegetarian victims.


    The cannibal snail dines on other vegetarian snails.


    ''It's just one of those magical places, especially when you are up there on a cool, misty morning,'' said Michael Murphy, a national parks ranger for 20 years, whose beat covers the mountain top.


    ''It's a tiny island of alpine forest, hundreds of kilometres away from anything else like it. The slugs, for example, are buried in the leaf mould during the day, but sometimes at night they come out in their hundreds and feed off the mould and moss on the trees. They are amazing, unreal-looking creatures.''


    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/co...528-2n9ik.html
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    Beautiful place, but I wouldn't want to be a snail there!

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    I am mystified that it took them until now to discover this?

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