Succinea approximans

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Succinea approximans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
clade Elasmognatha

Superfamily: Succineoidea
Family: Succineidae
Subfamily: Succineinae
Genus: Succinea
Species: S. approximans
Binomial name
Succinea approximans
Shuttleworth, 1854[1]

Succinea approximans is a species of air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusc in the family Succineidae, the amber snails.


The type locality is in Puerto Rico.[1] Robert James Shuttleworth, the authority of this species mentioned six localities in his original description: "prope San Juan, Fajardo, Ceiba, Humacao, Luquillo et ad Rio Blanco".[1]

Other reports of Succinea approximans include:

Robinson et al. (2009) commented that it has not been reported from any intermediate islands.[3] They considered reports of this species by Thomas B. Bland (1869)[5] and George French Angas (1884)[6] to be dubious.[3]


The dimensions of the shell of the type specimen are as follows: the height of the shell is 12 mm; the width of the shell is 7 mm; the height of the aperture is 9 mm.[1]

In Grenada, the height of the shell of this species is 10 mm.[2]


The habitat of Succinea approximans ranges from relatively dry places to wet areas.[2] In Grenada, Succinea approximans lives among leaf litter.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Shuttleworth R. J. (1854). "Beiträge zur näheren Kenntniss der Land- und Süsswasser-Mollusken der Insel Portorico". Mitteilungen der naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Bern Nr. 310-330: 33-56. page 55.
  2. ^ a b c d e Charles L. (1 October 2009). "A contribution to the knowledge of land and freshwater Mollusca of Grenada (Lesser Antilles)". Société d’Histoire Naturelle L’Herminier, contribution to malacology # 1. PDF.
  3. ^ a b c 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
  4. ^ Sturrock R. F. (1974). "Ecological notes on habitats of the freshwater snail Biomphalaria glabrata, intermediate host of Schistosoma mansoni on St. Lucia, West Indies". Caribbean Journal of Science 14(3-4): 149-162. PDF.
  5. ^ Bland T. (1869). "Notes on the land-shells of Trinidad, Grenada and Dominica, and also of Curaçao and Buen Ayre, W.I." American Journal of Conchology 4: 177-192.
  6. ^ Angas G. F. (1884). "On the terrestrial Mollusca of Dominica, collected during a recent visit to that island". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1883: 594-597, figs. 1-3.

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