Trivia about the Endemic Land Snails of the Philippines


Land snails, relatives of seashells, are well-known for their beauty, vivid colors and exquisite patterns. About 35{1104248511d637c6a51014dcaacb77de829b1de96a4faa7392b7bed9a15aa427} of the world’s land snails are found in the Philippines, and almost all of them are endemic to the country. Due to their extreme sensitivity, many have become extinct in their rain forest environments as a result of deforestation. Most land snails will not survive when transferred to other environments, so it is only by saving our forests will we be able to save our land snails. 

The following endemic land snails of the Philippines are featured: 

On the stamps:

Cochlostyla imperator- Catanduanes; very rare, 2 1/2″

Helicostyla turbinoides- Catanduanes; very rare, 2 1/2″

Helicostyla lignaria – Ifugao; very rare, 3″

Amphidromus dubius- Bataraza, Palawan; uncommon, 1 1/2″

Chrysallis fischeri – found in Coron Island in Palawan; very rare,

Helicostyla bicolorata- Mt. Isarog, Luzon; rare, 2 1/3″

Helicostyla dobiosa – Tayabas, Quezon; rare, 1 ”

Helicostyla portei – Polilio Island, Luzon; uncommon, 3″

On the Souvenir Sheets

Calocochlia depressa – Davao; very rare, 2″

Cochlostyla sarcinosa – Negros Oriental; very rare, 2 1/4″

Calocochlia schadenbergi – Mountain Province; very rare, 2″

Helicostyla pulcherrina – Cagayan; very rare, 1 1/2″


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