The world’s loneliest ground snail and final known of its species, Achatinella apexfulva, known to neighbourhoods simply as “George, ” vanished on New Year’s Day, killing with it hope for a species-wide recovery.
According to a press release from Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources( DLNR ), George helped as an “ambassador for the plight of the Hawaiian moor snails, ” originating headlines in neighbourhood newspapers and entertaining the thousands of school children over the years. The 14 -year-old land snail got his name from the Pinta Island Galapagos tortoise dubbed “Lonesome George, ” likewise the last of his species.
“While from vastly different evolutionary pedigrees, these Georges lived simple-minded lives in confinement. Both calmly carried millions of years of progression- their part genome and plan for how to do them- into insignificance, ” wrote Hawaii DLNR in an obituary-style Facebook pole.