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Among the roughly 1,400 species of land snails found in Cuba, those from the genus Polymita—that’s Latin for “many stripes”—are unique to the island nation. These tiny gastropods are quite aptly known as painted snails because of the variety of vibrant colors of their shells.

A dazzling array of painted snail specimens can be seen in the special exhibition ¡Cuba!, including Polymita picta, P. sulphurosa, P. versicolor, P. venusta, P. brochuri, and P. muscarum, all from the Museum’s collection.

Read more about these beautiful snails on the blog.

July 15, 2017 - Pink-headed Warbler (Ergaticus versicolor)

These warblers are found in mountain pine, cypress, and oak forests in parts of southern Mexico and Guatemala. They eat mostly insects, picking them off of leaves and tree trunks while foraging in the understory. Males keep their territories all year and sing during the breeding season to attract mates. Their domed nests are built on the ground mostly from pine needles and moss and hidden in dense vegetation. Due to habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation in the cloud forests where they live, they have been classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN.