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Amphibulima browni is a species of small, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Amphibulimidae. This species is endemic to the West Indian island of Dominica. The snail was firstly collected in the late 19th century by biologist A. D. Brown and it was originally described by an American malacologist Henry Augustus Pilsbry in 1899. The type locality is Dominica, the altitude 330 m, "on bananas".

The status of this species was somewhat doubtful for a long period, since the snails were not observed and reported for over 100 years after the original material was collected. However, the collection of a few live specimens during recent surveys in the 2000s finally confirmed that this species is still living in Dominica. Amphibulima browni is likely to meet the IUCN-criteria for listing as Endangered species. (Read more...)