Story: Nelson region

Powelliphanta snail shells

Powelliphanta snail shells

The Golden Bay Museum in Tākaka has one of the country’s largest collections of Powelliphanta shells. The stronghold of these carnivorous land snails is in north-west Nelson and on the northern West Coast, where most of the species are found. The largest species is Powelliphanta superba prouseorum (middle), which measures about 90 mm across and is found in Kahurangi National Park. Collecting Powelliphanta shells has been illegal since 1982.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Climate and environment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/28810/powelliphanta-snail-shells (accessed 23 January 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015