The genus of the gulf hammock liptooth, Daedalochila, is found in eastern North America. However, the range of the gulf hammock liptooth is very small compared to that of its genus. Daedalochila delecta is native to northern and central Florida, and found only 10 counties that have thus far been recorded: Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Dixie, Gilchrist Levy, Alachua, Putnam, Hernando, and Sumter. The map of Florida shown (with color coding) below depicts these counties. The map is based on material in the Harry G. Lee collection and augmented by records in the collection database of the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, along with those originally reported by Hubricht in 1985.*
*Hubricht, L., 1985, The distributions of the native land mollusks of the Eastern United States. Fieldiana 24(1359): pp. 1-191 + viii. June 28.

    Florida’s climate is perfect for Daedalochila delecta’s likings. It is hot and sunny, yet rainy and humid, and the snails prefer a moist habitat. To prevent from drying out from the harsh Florida sun, they can be found on the underside of damp vegetation, shallowly buried in soil near freshwater ponds or rivers, or in shallow puddles on wet roadsides (Baker, 1939). They have also been reported to be found in and/or near hammocks because of the shade from the trees that hammocks usually provide, which is where they gain their common name from. All populations of Daedalochila delecta make significant seasonal migrations and/or local movements at particular times of the year to breeding or wintering grounds or to hibernation sites (Baker,1939).

The habitat of Daedalochila delecta: moist black earth on the banks of rivers; shown here is the Waccasassa river.

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