This snail is from Hawaii Island. It is the last known large species of tree snail left on the island.
The scientific name for the Lana’i tree snail is Partulina variabilis because this snail can have a large variety of different shell colors and patterns. It is from the Hawaiian island of Lanai and is endangered.
This snail is native to the island of Maui in Hawaii. Its shell closely resembles the branches of the tree that it lives on, which likely offers it some camouflage. Sadly, the Maui tree snail is endangered and the entire wild population is confined to an area of less than seven acres.
The Ka’ala snail is found only on Mt. Ka’ala, the highest mountain on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. It is a tiny ground snail that lives in the bog habitat at the top of the peak.
This species of Hawaiian snail is extinct in the wild, but a captive population exists with the goal to increase the population size and prevent complete extinction. It is from the Waianae Mountains on the island of Oahu.
The name “tardigrade” refers to an entire phylum of microscopic eight-legged animals (keep in mind that two other examples of phyla are mollusca and chordata, and chordata contains all animals that have a backbone). Tardigrades are probably most well known for their ability to survive a wide variety of extreme environments. They can survive extreme temperature, pressure, radiation, and desiccation. They can even survive the vacuum of space. They manage to endure these conditions by entering a state of cryptobiosis and becoming a “tun.” In this process, they loose a massive amount of water and and essentially enter a state of suspended animation.
In Hawaii, many ambersnails (family: Succineidae) are refereed to as “snot in a hat snails.” This is because many Hawaiian ambersnails have translucent flesh making them look a bit like snot or phlegm. Their small shells are often not large enough for them to fit their big bodies into, making it look a bit like a small puddle of snot is wearing a little hat. However, some Hawaiian ambersnails are not translucent. Some are an interesting shade of red. The ambersnail in the illustration is one of these red ambersnails.
The Hawaiian name for this snail is hinihini’ula or “red land snail.”
Like other mantleslugs, this slug’s mantle runs the length of its body which gives it a distinctive look. This species is often a light shade of tan or brown with black spots or stripes, however, the subspecies Pallifera costaricensis alticola can be an orange or yellowish color and it possesses exactly three black stripes that run down the length of its body. The Central American mountain mantleslug can be found at high elevations on rotten logs.
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The glassy grapeskin native to the Great Smoky Mountains in the United States and is the only semislug native to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is only found at high elevations.
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Like many other Hawaiian land snails, Mighel’s tree snail is at risk of going extinct. This beautiful snail lives on the island of Molokaʻi, the fifth largest Hawaiian island and has beautiful yellow, black, and white bands on its shell, giving it the appearance of being painted. Native Hawaiians believed that the tree snails had the ability to sing and that their songs were very special and significant.
The Hawaiian name for this snail is pūpū kani oe which translates to “shell that sounds with a long whistle”, or “singing shell.”