Thursday, March 10, 2011

Succinea Snails at Ilparpa Swamp

Succinea sp. Amber snail.
This little beauty was found down at Ilparpa Swamp during some routine water sampling. There are many species withing the Succinea genus, but it would require dissecting the little bloke to identify exactly which species this is.

Thanks to Red Centre malacologist Mark Carter who was happy to identify this as Succinea for us - no snails needed to be harmed. Commonly known as Amber Snails, the entire genus are air-breathing land snails.
With a 5 cent piece for scale you can appreciate how delicate these snails are. The current drizzly weather is perfect for heading out to find some of our local native snails.

If you're interested in learning more then this website might be a good starting place..

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