Saturday, 12 September 2015

Creature 347: Powelliphanta

Slimy yet satisfying
Powelliphanta is a genus of carnivorous landsnails known as the New Zealand amber snail.
Powelliphanta lignaria johnstoni, Charming Creek, West Coast. Photo: Jess Reedy.
They love to eat earthworms. They don't just eat them either, they slurp them up like spaghetti.  Watch it here:

The New Zealand amber snails are unsurprisingly endemic to New Zealand. Most species have a very limited geographic range.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order: Heterobranchia
Family: Rhytididae
Genus: Powelliphanta

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