Endangered species

Land snails are important environmental indicators and biodiversity predictors and have a role to play in the monitoring of climate change. Their conservation should be a HIGH priority.


Australia has a number of endangered snail species. All are listed in the Australian Faunal Directory which is the best source for information on these snails

AFD

Australian Faunal Directory

Some of the more well known endangered species are:

P10 BogomossThe Boggomoss Snail, Adclarkia dawsonensis

 

 

 

 

 

P1 Mitchells Rain Forest SnailMitchell’s Rainforest Snail, Thersites mitchellae

 

 

 

 

Brigalow Woodland Snail, Adclarkia cameroniP16 a Threatened

 

 

 

 

 

 What threatens snail and slug habitat?

P16b P16cLAND CLEARING: The single biggest threat is habitat destruction. Over 85% of our Brigalow has been cleared resulting in losses of many species.

FIRE: Slow moving, soft bodied animals such as snails are prone to the affects of heat and flame. Hot fires are particularly destructive to snails, semi-slugs and slugs.

The burned shells of snails following a bush fire.

 Burned shells

CLIMATE CHANGE:  The drying effect of climate change on moist snail habitats is liable to lead to snail extinctions. Snails are excellent environmental indicators.

2 thoughts on “Endangered species

  1. Hi,I’m a heliciculturalist in Colombia and I have Helix aspersa maxima but the mortality is very High .Is there any treatment with herbal infusión tiño prevent this problem?
    Thanks so much

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