Girish Mahajan

Pommerhelix monacha

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Gastropoda
Family  Camaenidae
Scientific name  Pommerhelix monacha
Phylum  Mollusca
Superfamily  Helicoidea
Genus  Pommerhelix
Rank  Species
Pommerhelix monacha

Pommerhelix monacha is a species of air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusc in the family Camaenidae. This species is found in eastern Australia.

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Distribution

This snail is found in high altitude rainforests in Blue Mountains, central eastern New South Wales, Australia.

The type locality is "Australia", which can be specified to Sassafras Gully, Springwood, New South Wales, Australia.

Description

The shell of Pommerhelix monacha is subglobose (almost round). The shell has 5.6–6.0 whorls. The color of the shell is dark brown to black, but it can also be dark red or purple in colour. The shell sculpture consists of zigzag ridges combined with small ridges on the periostracum. The umbilicus is closed. The aperture is roundly ovate in shape.

The width of the shell is 26.2-30.3 mm. The height of the shell is 18.1-23.2 mm.

The visible soft parts are a yellowish grey in colour: the body is grey to dark grey and the mantle is dark yellow or orange.

References

Pommerhelix monacha Wikipedia


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