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Pulmonate land snails usually have two sets of tentacles on their head: the upper pair have an eye at the end; the lower pair are for olfaction.[1]

In anatomy, an eyestalk (sometimes spelled as eye stalk or known as an ommatophore) is a protrusion that extends the eye away from the body, giving the eye a better field of vision.[1] It is a common feature in nature and frequently appears in fiction.


In natureEdit

Eyestalks are a specialized type of tentacle. Tentacles may also have olfactory organs at their ends.[2] Examples of creatures with olfactory tentacles include snails, the trilobite superfamily Asaphida, and the fly family Diopsidae. In slugs and snails, these tentacles will regrow if severely damaged, and in some species, are retractable.[1] The tentacles of aquatic snails do not regrow.[2]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Slug and Snail Anatomy". All About Slugs. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Snails and Slugs (Gastropoda) – The Tentacles of Snails". The Living World of Molluscs. Retrieved 8 December 2015.