Thersites mitchellae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Stylommatophora Camaenidae

Scientific Name: Thersites mitchellae Cox, 1864
Common Name(s):
English Mitchell's Rainforest Snail
Annakelea peragrans Iredale, 1937
Helix mitchellae Cox, 1864
Taxonomic Source(s): Cox, J.C. 1864. Catalogue of Australian Land Shells. John Alex Engel, Sydney.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered C2a ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Stanisic, J.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Thersites mitchellae has a restricted distribution, occurring only on the coastal plain of far northeastern New South Wales, Australia. The species' historical extent of occurrence is estimated as less than 400 km², while the current area of occupancy is estimated to be less than 5 km² (Murphy 2002).
Countries occurrence:
Australia (New South Wales)
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species occurs in lowland subtropical rainforest and swamp forest habitats (Murphy 2002).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Much of the surviving habitat is small and severely fragmented. Much of this is at risk from development (Murphy 2002). Additional threats have been identified including habitat degradation by fire, exotic weeds, and predation of snails by introduced rats (Murphy 2002).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Thersites mitchellae has been officially protected by New South Wales law since 1997 (listed as Endangered under the New South Wales Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995). A recovery plan for the species has been prepared and was approved by the New South Wales government in July 2001 (Murphy 2002).

Bibliography [top]

Baillie, J. and Groombridge, B. (eds). 1996. 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. pp. 378. International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Groombridge, B. (ed.). 1994. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Murphy, M.J. 2002. Critical habitat listing for the Australian Camaenid land snail Thersites mitchellae. Tentacle. The newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Group No.10. Jan. 2002:13.

Citation: Stanisic, J. 1996. Thersites mitchellae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: e.T21745A9316349. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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