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Title: Land Snail Fauna of Me Aure Cave (WMD007), Moindou, New Caledonia: Human Introductions and Faunal Change
Authors: Cowie, Robert H.
Grant-Mackie, J.A.
Issue Date: Jul-2004
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Cowie RH, Grant-Mackie JA. 2004. Land snail fauna of Me Aure Cave (WMD007), Moindou, New Caledonia: human introductions and faunal change. Pac Sci 58(3): 447-460.
Abstract: The land snail fauna excavated from a cave at Me Aure on the central
southwestern coast of New Caledonia represents a period of over 3000 yr, from
before human arrival in the island to the present. The material excavated represents
20 terrestrial species in nine families. The fauna reflects the overall land
snail fauna of New Caledonia in being dominated by small snails in the families
Charopidae and Rhytididae, with large Placostylus species (Bulimulidae) present
and minor representation of other families. Two alien species are present: Allopeas
gracile, probably introduced before European arrival, and Achatina fulica,
introduced in 1972. There are suggestions of change in the composition of the
fauna, perhaps associated with the arrival of Europeans and the replacement
of native by alien vegetation, with Andrefrancia vetula and possibly A. saisseti
declining and Rhytida aulacospira increasing.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 58, Number 3, 2004

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