Oryx Features Greater Bermuda Land Snail

January 26, 2022 | 1 Comment

The January 2022 issue of Oryx — an international journal of conservation that is published bimonthly — features work by Bermuda’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources on the Greater Bermuda Land Snail.

The website said, “The endemic, Critically Endangered greater Bermuda land snail Poecilozonites bermudensis is known from only two relict subpopulations. Little is known of its habitat preferences in the wild. Observations of released zoo-reared P. bermudensis suggested an affinity for limestone, which we investigated on Port’s Island.

Two adult-sized greater Bermuda land snails on Port’s Island, image via the Oryx issue

Greater Bermuda Land Snail January 2022

“Previous qualitative observations on Port’s Island suggested an aversion to the litter of the invasive tree Casuarina equisetifolia, which we examined. Additionally, we hypothesized that snail abundance would increase with elevation, distance from the sea, and with increased plant species diversity.

“During 2 May–14 June 2018, we found 558 live P. bermudensis at 70 sites across Port’s Island. We found no correlation between the number of live snails at a site and either the number of plant species, elevation or distance from the shoreline, but snails were significantly less abundant at sites dominated by C. equisetifolia. Significantly more snails were found around limestone features, indicating future reintroductions and searches for any undiscovered subpopulations should focus on limestone features where C. equisetifolia is absent.”

You can read the full article here.

Cover of the January 2022 issue of Oryx:

Oryx January 2022

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  1. puzzled says:

    Hoping they will find Bermudensis in 2023 with two legs and walking around ……

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