The land and the mangrove snail fauna of the islands of Banggi and Balambangan (Mollusca: Gastropoda)

Jaap J. Vermeulen, and Maklarin Lakim, and Menno Schilthuizen, (2011) The land and the mangrove snail fauna of the islands of Banggi and Balambangan (Mollusca: Gastropoda). Journal of Tropical Biology & Conservation (JTBC), 8. pp. 1-7. ISSN 1832-3902


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We studied land and mangrove snails at four sites (three of which were limestone outcrops) on the islands of Balambangan and Banggi, within the proposed Tim Mustapha Marine Park. Both locations have island faunas with a moderate number of species: we found a total of 56 true land snail species, plus 11 intertidal Ellobiidae and Truncatellidae. Of the 56 land snails, at least six are short-range endemics of the Kudat-Banggi-Balambangan-Balabac-Palawan region. In addition, several other species that occur here are rare or threatened. We conclude that the limestone outcrops of Banggi and Balambangan are essential to the survival of at least 12 Malaysian land snail species. In view of uncontrolled logging and possibility of planned mining of limestone, we highly recommend conserving limestone outcrops of both Banggi and Balambangan as part of land-based degradation prevention at the proposed Tun Mustapha Marine Park.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Borneo, Pulmonata, endemism, limestone, karst, bigeography
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: SCHOOL > Borneo Marine Research Institute
Depositing User: Users 83 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 01:23
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 03:00

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