An interesting paper appeared recently, although only as ‘advance online’ and not yet in the final paginated version. It concerns an inventory of a protected are in Peruvian Amazonia.
The abstract reads “We investigated the land snail fauna of the Panguana conservation area on the western rim of the Amazonas basin in Peru. A total of 2,322 individuals assigned to 65 land snail species were collected in 32 plots. Ten additional species were found in collections made on previous expeditions to Panguana. On the basis of avail- able data, Panguana is the most species rich locality for land snails in South America. The species density of 75 land snail species in c. 2 km2 of rather homogeneous rainforest is also high on a global scale. The land snail fauna of Panguana is characterized by a very high proportion of species belonging to the carnivorous family Scolodontidae, many of which are likely to be new to science. The fauna includes seven species that are new records for Peru, and the species Hirtudiscus sp., Xenodiscula venezuelensis, Geostilbia aperta, Guppya gundlachii and Thysanophora plagioptycha represent genera not previously recorded from the country. The synanthropic species Allopeas gracile, Opeas hannense, Subulina octona, Geostilbia aperta and Gastrocopta servilis form an ecologically distinct group that occurs mainly in sites strongly modified by humans. The presence of these species on the margin of the Amazon rainforest is evidence of the ongoing homogenization of the global fauna”.
Both the absolute number and the composition of the fauna is quite outstanding. It also shows that a thorough search by competent malacologists still can bring many new novelties for the Neotropics to the surface. Both as new records for a country and supposedly new species to science.
Wendebourg, B. & Hausdorf, B., 2019. The land snail fauna of a South American rainforest biodiversity hotspot: the Panguana conservation area in the Peruvian Amazon. – Journal of Molluscan Studies: 8 pp. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyz014