Revista de Biología Tropical ISSN Impreso: 0034-7744 ISSN electrónico: 2215-2075

Queen Cleopatra and the mysterious snails of Volubilis

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Monge-Nájera, J. (2020). Queen Cleopatra and the mysterious snails of Volubilis. Revista De Biología Tropical, (7). Retrieved from


Windswept in the middle of a forgotten valley in North Africa, an ancient city bears the curious name of Volubilis. Volubilis exists thanks to a love story that almost everyone has heard of, that of Antony and Cleopatra. And its ruins are home to something that should not be there: a snail that seems to be made of marble.



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