|A live individual of Amphibulima patula dominicensis|
Bulimus patulus Bruguière, 1792
Subspecies of Amphibulima patula include:
- Amphibulima patula patula (Bruguière, 1792)
- Amphibulima patula dominicensis Pilsbry, 1899 - Pilsbry (1899) separated the Dominican specimens on the basis of the darker colour and by having a heavier sculptured shell. Robinson et al. (2009) have found living specimens that were either light beige-coloured with a somewhat orange-yellowish line along the foot (see photo on the left), or entirely dark brown coloured (see photo on the right).
Comparison of orange-yellowish and dark brown Amphibulima patula dominicensis:
Amphibulima patula has large foot, that is not completely retracted into the shell in living specimen. But when the live animal is immersed into the preserving fluid, then it retracts completely within the shell.
Adult snail is about 2.5 cm. It is called a slug-like snail because the shell is relatively small in proportion to the body and with one large, ear-like whorl and two small whorls. Color is yellowish brown.
Amphibulima patula dominicensis is frequently found on banana and Citrus plants, where it may feed on the leaves. They also eat leaves of Virginia pepperweed Lepidium virginicum and Cakile lanceolata. They eat lettuce in captivity.
- Bruguière J. G. (1792). Encycl. meth. i, page 305.
- Pilsbry H. A. (1899). "American Bulimulidae: North American and Antillean Drymaeus, Leiostracus, Orthalicinae and Amphibuliminae". Manual of Conchology (2)12: i-iii, 1-258, pls 1-64. Amphibulima patula is on the page 234-237, plate 61, figs 14-19.
- Robinson D. G., Hovestadt A., Fields A. & Breure A. S. H. (July 2009). "The land Mollusca of Dominica (Lesser Antilles), with notes on some enigmatic or rare species". Zoologische Mededelingen 83 http://www.zoologischemededelingen.nl/83/nr03/a13
- Stange L. A. (created September 2004, updated March 2006). "Snails and Slugs of Regulatory Significance to Florida" Archived 2010-12-02 at the Wayback Machine. Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. accessed 27 August 2010.
- Bland T. & Binney W. G. (1874). "XIX—On the Lingual Dentition of Certain Terrestrial Pulmonata Foreign to the United States. Additional note on the genus Amphibulima". Annals of The Lyceum of Natural History of New York 10(1): 219-225. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.1874.tb00041.x.
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