Allopeas gracile

Family

Subulinidae

Species

Allopeas gracile (Hutton, 1834)

Common Name

Graceful awl snail

Description

The elongated, conical shell of this snail measures approximately 12 mm high, with 7-9 whorls. Vacant shells are tan in color and living specimens are yellow. This species may be confused with Subulina octona; however, Allopeas gracile is smaller and does not have a truncated columella.

Native Range

Pacific Islands: Hawaii

Central and South America: Mexico

Caribbean

Asia: Southeastern region

Distribution

Pacific Islands: Hawaii

Central and South America: Mexico

Caribbean

Asia: Southeastern region

Ecology

This species has been documented to occur in large numbers wherever it inhabits. These large numbers often result in outcompetition of other native species within a particular ecosystem. They often occur in greenhouses.

Synonyms

  • Bulimus gracilis Hutton, 1834
  • Bulimus oparanus Pfeiffer, 1846
  • Bulimus junceus Gould 1846
  • Stenogyra upolensis Mousson, 1865

References

Abbott 1989; Barker 2002; Cowie et al. 2008; Cowie et al. 2009

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