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Paryphanta busbyi.JPG
Apical view of a shell of Paryphanta busbyi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra

Superfamily: Rhytidoidea
Family: Rhytididae
Genus: Paryphanta
Albers, 1850

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Paryphanta is a genus of land snails in the family Rhytididae. Species from New Zealand are known commonly as kauri snails or pupurangi.[1] They are closely related and similar to snails in the genus Powelliphanta, which was formerly included within Paryphanta.

There are just two species of Paryphanta:[2] Paryphanta busbyi and Paryphanta watti, which occur from North Cape to West Auckland.

P. watti occurs only at the extreme northern end of this range near Kaeo. This form is of much darker colouration and often smaller, although does reach the same size as P. busbyi if allowed to reach old age.


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