Story: Kauri forest

Kauri snail

Kauri snail

The kauri snail (Paryphanta busbyi), known to Māori as pūpū-rangi, is a carnivorous snail found in Northland. Although found in kauri forest, the kauri snail often avoids the immediate vicinity of kauri trees because the soil there is usually too dry for the worms it feeds on. Its shell is dark green and 60–80 millimetres in diameter. The snail lays white eggs about a centimetre long in nests of leaf mould on the forest floor.

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Joanna Orwin, 'Kauri forest - Kauri forest ecology', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 September 2021)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007