Species

BackSpirorbula latens (R.T. Lowe, 1852)

Spirorbula latens (R.T. Lowe, 1852)

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum:
  • Class: Mollusca
  • Order: Gastropoda
  • Family: Hygromiidae
LC Least Concern
IUCN Red List Status:

Countries of Occurrence:
Portugal - Madeira

Archipelago(s):
Madeira

Assessor/s:
Seddon, M.B.

Reviewer/s:
Groh, K., Cuttelod, A. & Neubert, E.

Contributor/s:
Abreu, C. & Teixeira, D.

Facilitators / Compilers/s:


Assessment Rationale:

The species is found in many localities, and hence although it has a small range is not considered threatened. It is listed as Least Concern (LC).

Geographic Range:

This species is endemic to the Madeiran islands. It is restricted to the main island of Madeira where it is mainly found in central valleys of Madeira and scattered localities near coast, especially along the southern and western coasts.

Regions:
Portugal - Madeira
Extent of Occurrence (EOO):
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Area of Occupancy (AOO):
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Elevation Upper Limit:
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Biogeographic Realms:
Palearctic
Presence:
Extant
Origin:
Endemic Madeira
Seasonality:
Resident

Population:

Population trends are uncertain, but are likely to be stable, except possibly in the regions close to Funchal.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is found in damp muddy places amongst leaf-litter and detritus at base of crags, usually very cryptic, as it coats its shell with mud.

Major Threat(s):

The threats are localised and are mainly habitat loss for development close to towns/villages as well as road improvements. Forest and grassland fires may pose a possible threat, given their increased frequency in the last 20 years.

Conservation Actions

Two parts of the range lies in protected areas, but no conservation actions are known specifically for this species. Research actions include habitat monitoring, especially for the populations close to urban areas.