Pupoides coenopictus (Hutton, 1834) in Israel
Basteria , Volume 38 - Issue 5/6 p. 99- 100
Empty shells of the land snail Pupoides coenopictus (Hutton, 1834) have been found sparingly in drift of the Dead Sea. The origin of these shells could never be traced. However, on 25 December 1972 Prof. G. Haas, Mr. S. Davis, Miss T. Felsenburg and the author collected large numbers of P. coenopictus in litter under palms bordering the fields of kibbutz ’En Gedi, in the oasis of the same name on the west bank of the Dead Sea (coll. HUJ 10.232). This record proves that P. coenopictus really belongs to the fauna of Israel. It is not clear whether the species is an authentic or introduced element of the terrestrial mollusc fauna. Already in biblical times this oasis was highly cultivated and it is not unlikely that this species of Pupoides has at one time been introduced. Between 1950 and 1955 for instance, palm trees were imported from Iran (Heller, in litt.), where P. coenopictus is living under similar circumstances in palm gardens (Biggs, 1937: 346; Starmühlner & Edlauer, 1957: 466).
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H.K. Mienis. (1974). Pupoides coenopictus (Hutton, 1834) in Israel. Basteria, 38(5/6), 99–100.
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