Daedalochila subclausa

Interactions with Other Species

A firefly larva feeding on a snail. Rosy Wolfsnail


There are numerous animals that feed on Daedalochila subclausa and other terrestrial gastropods.

Of the invertebrates, certain nematodes, beetles, millipedes, flies, other snails, and many others, prey on these snails (Hotopp 2006). One invertebrate that is especially well known for its partiality to snails is the firefly, as shown above (Conrad 2011). Vertebrate predators include reptiles and amphibians such as salamanders and turtles; small mammals such as shrews or mice; and birds, especially ground foraging species (Hotopp 2006).

One recorded predator of Daedalochila is Euglandina rosea, also known as the Rosy Wolfsnail (Frank 2010). In one particular instance a Euglandina was dissected and found to contain a pair of adult Daedalochila and three partially digested snails, one of which was a juvenile Daedalochila (Frank 2010).

Endosymbiotic bacteria

Land snails have a mainly herbivorous diet, and because of this, colonies of bacteria live in the crop of their digestive tracts (Bourquin). This bacteria aids in the digestion of the cellulose eaten by the snail.


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