There's been a lot of buzz going on in a field that normally doesn't get a lot of buzz. The field that I'm talking about is the study of snails. Although most likely just coincidental, there has been somewhat of a battle to hold the title of the world's smallest snail (and i'm joking around about the term battle).
Last month, the discovery of a new species of snail was published in the journal ZooKeys. This snail was named Angustopila dominikae and is 0.86 mm tall. Ten of these snails could fit into the eye of a sewing needle.
Well, the reign of Angustopila dominikae as the world's smallest snail did not last very long. In another article published in ZooKeys last Monday, researchers found a snail even smaller. Introducing Acmella nana, the new record holder as the world's smallest snail. This little guy has a height of 0.60-0.79 mm.
Our condolences to Angustopila dominikae for losing its title so fast... but, thus is life.