Scientists are seeking the public's help in finding a mate for a lonely snail using the twitter hashtag #snaillove.
The common garden mollusc, named Jeremy, may appear like other snails to the naked eye, but has been dubbed a "one in a million find" as it is the mirror image of how other snails appear.
Jeremy the snail was found in a compost heap in south west London. His shell spirals in an anti-clockwise direction meaning it is unable to mate with more common snails whose shell spiral in the opposite way.
Professor in evolutionary genetics, Dr Angus Davison from the University of Nottingham is hoping to find a mate for Jeremy in a bid to discover more about the creature's genetics.
He is now looking for another snail whose shell spirals in an anti-clockwise direction and is asking people to scour hedgerows, borders and plant pots for this rare variety of the common snail.