Amphidromus psephos Vermeulen, Liew & Schilthuizen

Vermeulen, Jaap J., Liew, Thor-Seng & Schilthuizen, Menno, 2015, Additions to the knowledge of the land snails of Sabah (Malaysia, Borneo), including 48 new species, ZooKeys 531, pp. 1-139: 46-47

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Amphidromus psephos Vermeulen, Liew & Schilthuizen

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Taxon classification Animalia Stylommatophora Camaenidae

Amphidromus psephos Vermeulen, Liew & Schilthuizen  sp. n. Figure 40

Holotype. Malaysia, Sabah, Interior Province , Pun Batu c. 30 km West of Sepulut ( RMNH.5003951). View Materials 

Examined material from Sabah.

Interior Province. Pun Batu c. 30 km West of Sepulut (leg. J.J. Vermeulen, V 1311).


Shell sinistral, rather large, rather thin but rather solid, opaque, white, top whorls with or without some oblique, pale brownish-purple markings, spire high-conical with convex sides to approx. narrowly ovoid; apex narrowly rounded. Surface shiny. Whorls: top whorls convex, other whorls slightly convex, flat or slightly concave just below the suture; last whorl rounded at the periphery, slightly convex below the periphery. Protoconch whorls rounded, minutely punctate. Teleoconch: few growth lines at irregular intervals, locally slightly raised. Spiral sculpture: a faint, very fine, dense stration locally present. Aperture slightly obliquely elliptic, peristome distinctly reflected on the palatal, basal and columellar side. Umbilicus closed, or rimate, a narrow pore underneath the reflected columellar peristome. Dimensions: Height 24-25 mm; width 11-12 mm; number of whorls 5-5 1/2; height aperture 11.0-11.5 mm; width aperture 6.5-7.5 mm.

Habitat in Sabah and distribution.

Found in shrubby forest on limestone bedrock. Alt. c. 500 m. Sabah: Interor, Pun Batu only. Endemic to Sabah.

Cross diagnosis.

The small size, combined with the narrow spire uniquely identifies this species within in the genus Amphidromus  .


The name refers to the size of the shell [psephos (Gr.) = pebble].