Powelliphanta hochstetteri

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Powelliphanta hochstetteri
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Powelliphanta hochstetteri, Rameka Track, Golden Bay
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: Powelliphanta
Species: P. hochstetteri
Binomial name
Powelliphanta hochstetteri
(Pfeiffer, 1862)[1]

Helix Hochstetteri Pfeiffer, 1862

Powelliphanta hochstetteri, known as one of the amber snails, is a species of large, carnivorous land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusc in the family Rhytididae.


This species is endemic to the Marlborough and Nelson provinces of the South Island of New Zealand. There are five subspecies:[2]


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Powelliphanta hochstetteri was originally described under the name Helix hochstetteri by German malacologist Ludwig Karl Georg Pfeiffer in 1862. He described it according to the shell only, which geologist German Ferdinand von Hochstetter had brought from the New Zealand.[1] The specific name hochstetteri is in honor of Ferdinand von Hochstetter.

Life cycle[edit]

The shape of the eggs is oval and they are seldom constant in dimensions: 12 × 10 mm.[3]


  1. ^ a b (in German) Pfeiffer L. K. G. (1862) "Diagnosen einiger Landschnecken von Neuseeland". Malakozoologische Blätter 8: 146-150.
  2. ^ Powell A. W. B., New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1
  3. ^ O'Connor A. C. (June) 1945. Notes on the Eggs of New Zealand Paryphantidae, With Description of a New Subgenus. Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand, volume 5, 1945-46, pages 54-57.