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  Amphidromus inversus (Müller, 1774)
  Family Name : Amphidromidae

  Taxonomic Group : Invertebrates (Mollusc)

  Common Names : Brown Tree Snail

 
Brown Tree Snail
  • Description
    • Size :
      35 mm to 50 mm
      Description :
      Robust snail with a mottled shell (patterns can be used to distinguish individuals for study). Can be mistaken for the African Giant Snail (a pest) but the shell is smaller, thicker, and usually paler
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Largely arboreal, feeding on algae and other material on the surface of the leaves that form its substrate. It also occurs on hard structures such as walls. Individuals can seemingly follow each other's trails to seek mates.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Terrestrial
      Distribution :
      Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore.
      Parks & Gardens :
      Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      As it is known from only a single population in Singapore, it is vulnerable to disturbance, collection, and periods of severe drought or other chance events.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      This species is a potential indicator of forest health, and of scientific interest as a representative of a once larger terrestrial molluscan fauna.
      Conservation Notes :
      Continued conservation of the extant forest. A study of population size is required, and establishment o fa second population in Bukit Timah or Central Catchment Nature Reserve would improve its conservation status.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Native
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Critically Endangered (CR)
  • References
    • Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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