Sarasinula plebeia

Sarasinula plebeia (P. Fischer, 1868)

Common Names

Caribbean leatherleaf (English)

Languages: English

Description

Look Alikes

Leidyula moreleti, which may coexist with it in the field (internal anatomy must be examined) (Naranjo-García et al 2007).

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Morphology

External:  Light brown or brown (Stanisic et al. 2010).

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Size

50 mm long, alive (Simone 2006); big, to 60 mm long (Stanisic et al. 2010).

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Ecology and Distribution

Distribution

Native to: Antilles, Belize, Brazil (Para to Rio Grande do Sul), Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (states of San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, and Yucatan), Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela (Andrews & Dundee 1987; Thomé 1989; Simone 2006; Thomé, Santos & Pedott, 1997 in Thompson 2008; Naranjo-García et al 2007).

 

Non-native in: Florida, Texas, the West Indies, Asia and Africa (Thomé, Santos & Pedott, 1997 in Thompson 2008); Australia (Queensland, NSW, N Territory), Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Marianas, New Caledonia, Philippines, Solomon Ids, Tahiti, Tuamotu, Vanuatu, Western Samoa (Gomes & Thomé 2004).

 

Type locality: New Caledonia (in Melanesia, S Pacific) (Thomé 1989).

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Habitat

Agricultural lands, disturbed habitat, urban areas (Beesley et al. 1998); includes 800 m, 1400 m altitude (Thomé 1994); under rocks and logs, in grass clumps and cracks in the ground (Beesley et al. 1998).

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Trophic Strategy

Omnivore (Beesley et al. 1998).

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Relevance

Risk Statement

Populous pests in agriculture, gardens, and urban settings (sources in Cowie et al. 2009 and Naranjo-García et al 2007).  Pest on beans (Stanisic et al. 2010).

Author(s): Paustian, Megan
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Taxonomy

  • Vaginulus plebeius Fischer, 1868 (synonym)
  • Vaginula andreana Semper, 1885 (synonym)
  • Veronicella hedleyi Simroth, 1889 (synonym)
  • Vaginula levucana Simroth, 1918 (synonym)
  • Vaginula samoana Simroth, 1918 (synonym)
  • Vaginula tahitiana Simroth, 1918 (synonym)
  • Sarasinula plebeja Grimpe & Hoffman, 1924 (synonym)
  • Imerinia plebeja Baker, 1925 (synonym)
  • Vaginula plebeia Cowie, 1997 (synonym)
  • Vaginulus (Sarasinula) plebeius Forcart, 1969 (synonym)
  • Vaginula behni (Semper, 1885) (synonym)
  • Sarasinula lemei Thomé, 1967 (synonym)

References

[Anonymous] (1998).  Mollusca: The Southern Synthesis. (Beesley P., Ross G., WellsA., Ed.).Fauna of Australia. 5, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing.
Simone, LRL. (2006).  Land and Freshwater Molluscs of Brazil. Sao Paulo: EGB, Fapesp.
Stanisic, J., Shea M., Potter D., & Griffiths O. (2010).  Australian Land Snails. A Field Guide to Eastern Australian Species. 1, Mauritius: Bioculture Press.
Thomé, JW. (1994).  Annotated list of the Veronicellidae (Gastropoda: Soleolifera) of Venezuela. Malacological Review. 27, 43-46.