|A live individual of Ovachlamys fulgens, notice the caudal horn on the tail end of the foot|
Macrochlamys fulgens Gude, 1900
- Costa Rica The most frequent non-indigenous distribution has this species in Costa Rica.
- Trinidad and Tobago
Several Southeast Asian countries:
This species is already established in the USA, and is considered to represent a potentially serious threat as a pest, an invasive species which could negatively affect agriculture, natural ecosystems, human health or commerce. Therefore it has been suggested that this species be given top national quarantine significance in the USA.
The shell of this species is perforate, trochoid, thin, shining, pellucid and dark corneous. The spire is depressed. The apex is obtuse. Sutures are linear and margined. The shell has four whorls, that are increasing rather suddenly. The last whorl is convex and a little inflated and it is twice as wide as the penultimate whorl. Whorls are finely striated, decussated by microscopic spiral lines. The last whorl is not descending and it is slightly excavated in the umbilical region.
The aperture is slightly oblique, lunate. The peristome is thin, straight, acute. Margins of the paerture are distant, sub-parallel, the columellar margin a little reflected and nearly covering the very narrow umbilical perforation.
These snails are sometimes called "jumping snails" because the tail is modified with a caudal horn and the posterior part of the foot acts as a catapult to push off from contiguous substrates allowing the snail to suddenly move several inches.
The habitats of Ovachlamys fulgens include pastures and crop fields with enough moisture and with deep leaf litter cover. For example, habitats with Yucca guatemalensis provide good conditions for this species. The snails are mostly found in soil litter and on plants up to 8 feet in height in areas of secondary growth and tree plantations. Ideal collecting time is after rainfall.
This species is considered an important orchid pest. It is phytophagous and is reported to attack a wide variety of horticultural plants, but the snails are mostly found among soil litter and become dormant during dry periods. It has been found on avocado, mango, Heliconia and Dracaena. Leaves of the avocado can be also used to raise juveniles in the laboratory.
Little scientific data has been gathered on the biology of this species.
Individuals ofOvachlamys fulgens can lay eggs at the age of 42 days and are considered mature when their shell width reaches 5.12 mm. There is no need for the snails to mate in order to lay eggs and for successful reproduction. Eggs are laid in clutches of three in soil or leaf litter where they absorb more water from the environment.
The lifespan of Ovachlamys fulgens is 9 months in the laboratory.
- Gude G. K. (1900). "Further notes on helicoid land shells from Japan, the Loo-Choo, and Bonin Islands, with descriptions of seven new species". Proceedings of the Malacological Society of London 4: 70-80. page 75. Table VIII, figure 24-26.
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