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anatomy of a snailclick to hear

anatomy of a snail ovotestis hermaphroditic duct albumin gland copulatory bursa penis esophagus gonopore pedal gland radula mouth dart sac crop salivary gland lung heart digestive gland intestine spermatheca kidney stomach ureter spermoviduct flagellum excretory pore anus vagina

ovotestis click to hear

Genital gland located at the apex of the shell ensuring production of sperm and eggs; the snail has both male and female organs.

hermaphroditic duct click to hear

Channel into which the ovotestis and albumen gland open; it separates into a sperm duct and an egg duct that remain, nonetheless, conjoined.

albumin gland click to hear

Organ opening into the hermaphroditic duct and secreting a viscous substance, which surrounds the fertilized ovum and contributes to the development of the egg.

copulatory bursa click to hear

Sac where sperm accumulate before entering the spermatheca.

penis click to hear

Male organ of copulation, internal when at rest; it is located on the ventral face of the foot, lateral to the vagina.

esophagus click to hear

Canal in the anterior part of the digestive tract; it carries food to the crop.

gonopore click to hear

Opening common to the penis and the vagina and located at the side of the head; it allows copulation and entry of the sperm into the copulatory bursa.

pedal gland click to hear

Organ of the foot located near the mouth; it secretes an adhesive substance that allows the snail to crawl.

radula click to hear

Tongue bearing numerous small corneous teeth allowing the snail to grasp and tear up food before ingesting it.

mouth click to hear

Anterior cavity of the digestive tract having a jaw and a rough tongue (radula) to graze on plants.

dart sac click to hear

Calcareous part located inside the vagina containing the dart with which snails sting one another to achieve arousal before copulation.

crop click to hear

Large sac located beyond the esophagus, where food is held before being digested in the stomach.

salivary gland click to hear

Organ located in the buccal cavity; it secretes saliva and enables especially the digestion of food.

lung click to hear

Pouch formed of a network of blood vessels inside the shell; it ensures respiration and communicates with the outside through an orifice.

heart click to hear

Muscular organ helping blood to circulate.

digestive gland click to hear

Organ producing a secretion that contributes to digestion.

intestine click to hear

Section of the digestive tract between the stomach and the anus where absorption of nutrients is carried out and waste is transformed into fecal matter.

spermatheca click to hear

Pouch discharging into the vagina and housing the sperm used to fertilize the eggs.

kidney click to hear

Organ secreting urine; it eliminates toxic substances from the body.

stomach click to hear

Dilated section of the digestive tract preceding the intestine; it receives food to be digested.

ureter click to hear

Long canal originating in the kidney and carrying urine to the excretory orifice.

spermoviduct click to hear

Male genital duct carrying sperm toward the penis.

flagellum click to hear

Movable filament appended to the penis allowing sperm to move about during copulation.

excretory pore click to hear

Terminal opening of the ureter allowing urine to be evacuated.

anus click to hear

Terminal orifice of the digestive tract enabling ejection of fecal matter.

vagina click to hear

Female organ of copulation located on the ventral surface of the foot, lateral to the penis.