The Netherlands: rare snails found on Wadden islands

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From Staatsbosbeheer in The Netherlands:

Recently, volunteers on the Groningen province islands Rottumeroog and Rottumerplaat found the narrow-mouthed whorl snail. …

The narrow-mouthed whorl snail, found now on Rottum, is rare in all of Europe, and threatens to become extinct in many countries. …

In The Netherlands, the little snail lives mainly in the dunes of Holland and Zealand, and prefers calcineous dune valleys and permanently humid places.

That they have been found now on both Wadden islands is really special: the narrow-mouthed whorl snail was found in the Wadden region just once before, in 1936 on Terschelling.

The little landsnail usually gets no bigger than 1,6 mm and looks like an egg-shaped beehive.

New Zealand: rare giant snails.

7 thoughts on “The Netherlands: rare snails found on Wadden islands

  1. 5/4/05 at 9:22AM
    Cobble elimia, Elimia vanuxemiana

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. May 3, 2005 — Three snails listed as extinct have been rediscovered in the Coosa and Cahaba rivers, the Nature Conservancy announced Tuesday.

    Jeff Garner, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ mollusk biologist, rediscovered the cobble elimia and the nodulose Coosa River snail on a dive in the Coosa River.

    Stephanie Clark, a University of Alabama postdoctoral student from Australia, stumbled onto a Cahaba pebblesnail on a trip to the Cahaba River in Bibb County.

    The findings, being announced by the Nature Conservancy, were reported Tuesday by The Birmingham News.

    Source ABC


  2. From the New Zealand Herald:

    Rare snails to be moved


    Conservation Minister Chris Carter has decided Solid Energy can move a small population of protected snails at its Stockton mine on the West Coast.

    Solid Energy halted mining after discovering two live Powelliphanta augustus snails in a mining block on the Stockton Plateau on February 8.


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