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Pomella megastoma

• Giant Uruguay River Snail

• Caracol Gigante del Río Uruguay / Caracol de río

 

Scientific classification

Kingdom:Animalia

Phylum:Mollusca

Class:Gastropoda

(unranked):clade Caenogastropoda

informal group Architaenioglossa

Superfamily:Ampullarioidea

Family:Ampullariidae

Genus:Pomella

Species:P. megastoma

 

Rio Uruguay, Salto, Uruguay

 

🇬🇧 It is likely that Uruguay owes its name to these snails. The Guaranies called Urugu a big river snails as a fist, and the ending "I" refers to river. Thus Uruguay, can be interpreted as a River of Snails.

 

🇺🇾 Es probable que Uruguay deba su nombre a estos caracoles. Los Guaranies llamaban Urugu a unos caracoles de rio grandes como un puño, y la terminacion "I" refiere a rio. Asi Uruguay, puede interpretarse como rio de los caracoles.

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Taken on February 23, 2019