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Snail (Powelliphanta patrickensis)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): Pulmonata
Superfamily: Rhytidoidea
Family: Rhytididae
Genus: Powelliphanta
Species: P. patrickensis
Binominal name: Powelliphanta patrickensis
Synonyms: Powelliphanta rossiana patrickensis, Powelliphanta “patrickensis”

Powelliphanta patrickensis, known as one of the amber snails, is a subspecies of large, carnivorous land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusc in the family Rhytididae. This subspecies is endemic to New Zealand.
Powelliphanta patrickensis is classified by the New Zealand Department of Conservation as being Nationally Endangered. The population is threatened by mining, roading, and introduced predators such as thrushes, rats and possums.

A photo of a Powelliphanta patrickensis found in the ranges of the Northern Westcoast of the South Island.Photographed on the Denniston plateau, Papahaua Range. Westland.


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