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Snails of the world:Jamaica and Haiti

Of all the countries in the world Jamaica is among those which is inhabited by the most species ,especially operculate snails.They make up more than half the population of genera. The Sagdidae are well represented here with nine genera which are endemic.The genus Zaphysema is the largest which can grow up to 50 mm in shellsize. A large number of Urocoptidae live here too,among them the genus Anoma with many species,Spirostemma,Urocoptis and Apoma. Anoma nigrescens-Anoma pulchella-Urocoptis baquieana-Spirostemma inusitatum-Apoma agnesianum-Euvaricella phillipssii-Zaphysema olivaceum(All photo's: Gary Rosenberg, 2005)

Also some genera of the carnivorous family of the Oleacinidae can be found in this region.They are relatively small snails with a shellsize of up to 30 mm. A species of the Camaenidae is Eurycratera jamaicensis,also the genus Pleurodonte has many species present. Eurycratera jamaicensis-Pleurodonte sorror-Pleurodonte tridentata(All photo's: Gary Rosenberg, 2005)

Haiti(and its surroundings)

In this region Cepolis with four subgenera is present.The family Urocoptidae has some endemic genera in this area,like Autocoptis, Strophina and Liparotes.The large Archegocoptis belongs to the subfamily Eucalodiinae,also in the family Urocoptidae. The Polygyridae has only one species living here:Mcleania darlingtonia,the shell of this snail bears many spines on the suture. The Oleacinidae has some species resident here,among them the big O.voluta with a shellsize of up to 65 mm.Two other genera from this carnivorous family are Laevaricella and Varicella. The genus Polydontes of the Camaenidae family has some subgenera in this region,for example Liquillia and Lissembrion.Eurycratera angulata is a species with a shellsize of up to 50 mm. Nenia tridens belongs to the Clausiliidae,one of only two species of this family to be found here.The other one is Nenia bartschi. The Chondropomidae has a few endemic genera living here:Chondropoma,Parachondria,Abbottela and Rolleia.

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