Pommerhelix duralensis (the Dural land snail), also commonly known as the Dural woodland snail, is a medium sized snail with a dark brown to black semi translucent subglobose (almost spherical shaped) shell. Adults grow approximately 10–23 mm in height and 14–23 mm in width. The Dural land snail superficially resembles the related species Meridolum corneovirens (Cumberland Plain land snail), with which the Dural land snail is parapatric (the species’ ranges are immediately adjacent to each other but do not significantly overlap).
Dural Land Snail |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Pommerhelix duralensis
Unlike related species (for example Meridolum corneovirens) the Dural land snail does not appear to possess sheltering behaviours which provide protections from the impacts of fire (Ridgeway et al.; 2014).
However; the reduced number of individuals and increased fragmentation of the species habitat; the species is less likely to repopulate areas partially destroyed by fire (Clark pers. comm.; 2014).
Habitat modification for bushfire asset protection; for example slashing and thinning of ground woody debris; is also a threat to the species (Ridgeway et al.; 2014).