Apple snails use unique neurotoxin to protect young

06/3/2013 | ScienceMag.org

Researchers have discovered that apple snails use a poisonous neurotoxin called PcPV2 to protect their eggs from predators. The invasive species creates the toxin in an unusual way, by combining a pair of molecules similar to those found in the immune system of other animals. The only predators not affected are fire ants and researchers have not yet figured out how the ants survive.

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