Physical Description

Type Information

Syntype for Polymita picta Torre
Catalog Number: USNM 668290
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Preparation: Dry
Locality: El Baga, Maisi, E Oriente, Oriente, Cuba
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Polymita picta

Polymita picta, common name the "Cuban land snail" or the "painted snail", is a species of large, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Helminthoglyptidae.[1]

The shell of this species is large, shiny and brightly colored. The species has numerous color varieties. These shells are sought after by poachers and used to make jewelry and trinkets. As a result, the species has become endangered.

This species is the type species of the genus Polymita.

This snail is endemic to Cuba.

Anatomy[edit]

Like most air-breathing land snails, this species is hermaphroditic. This species uses love darts as part of its mating behavior.

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