Pleurodonte nigrescens

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Pleurodonte nigrescens
Pleurodonte nigrescens shell.png
Apertural view of a shell of Pleurodonte nigrescens. The height of the shell is 11.1 mm.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra

Superfamily: Helicoidea
Family: Pleurodontidae
Genus: Pleurodonte
Species: P. nigrescens
Binomial name
Pleurodonte nigrescens
(Wood, 1828)
Synonyms[1]
  • Helix nigrescens
  • Helix (Dentellaria) nigrescens

Pleurodonte nigrescens is a species of tropical air-breathing land snail, a pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Pleurodontidae.

Distribution[edit]

The distribution of Pleurodonte nigrescens includes:

Description[edit]

Pleurodonte nigrescens differs from all other Dominican Pleurodonte species by the characteristic parietal tooth opposite the basal teeth in the aperture.[1] The shell can be chesnut-brown with fine axial lines or purple-black with a purple aperture.[1]

Ecology[edit]

Pleurodonte nigrescens lives in damp leaf litter on the forest floor. This species appears to prefer relatively undisturbed habitats, especially in rain forest at higher altitudes in Dominica.[1]

References[edit]

This article incorporates CC-BY-3.0 text from the reference [1]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g 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