28 Sep 2018

Critter of the Week Micro land snails

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:25 pm on 28 September 2018

In rich, healthy ‘litter-layers’ on forest floors all over New Zealand, our critter this week is busy doing its thing.  But you’d hardly know – our micro land snails are exactly that – really really tiny and a microscope is needed to see most of the species.  

 DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki, shines a light on our developing knowledge of these snails.

A selection of New Zealand land snails, showing a variety of patterns and shapes. From left to right, Phenacohelix lucetta, Tubuaia novoseelandica and Wainuia urnula, which is one of our largest land snails. It can be 2-3 cm across, and hunts amphipods.

A selection of New Zealand land snails, showing a variety of patterns and shapes. From left to right, Phenacohelix lucetta, Tubuaia novoseelandica and Wainuia urnula, which is one of our largest land snails. It can be 2-3 cm across, and hunts amphipods. Photo: David Roscoe / Department of Conservation

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