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Skemps Snail


Charopidae sp. "Skemps"Skemps Snail

Group:Mollusca (shellfish), Gastropoda (snails and slugs), Stylommatophora, Charopidae
Status:Threatened Species Protection Act 1995: rare
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999: Not listed
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​Skemps Snail (Charopidae sp. “Skemps”) is a tiny land snail that is only found in a small area of north-east Tasmania around Mount Arthur.  Skemps Snail is a very flat, white to greyish-yellow planispiral (flat spire coil on top of the shell) snail. Skemps Snails live under rocks and logs and in leaf litter, and can often be found on the underside of tree fern logs (Dicksonia) in damp patches of forest or in the bottom of gullies. Habitat for the species includes a range of wet eucalypt forests and rainforests, including wet creek gullies surrounded by dry forest. Its main threat is habitat loss, through conversion of habitat to pasture and plantation. The main objective for the management of Skemps Snail is to decrease the risk of extinction by maintaining the extent and quality of its remaining habitat.

A complete species management profile is not currently available for this species. Check for further information on this page and any relevant Activity Advice.​

Key Points

  • Important: Is this species in your area? Do you need a permit? Ensure you’ve covered all the issues by checking the Planning Ahead page.
  • Important: Different threatened species may have different requirements. For any activity you are considering, read the Activity Advice pages for background information and important advice about managing around the needs of multiple threatened species.



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Further information

​Check also for listing statement or notesheet pdf above (below the species image).

​​Cite as: Threatened Species Section (). (): Species Management Profile for Tasmania's Threatened Species Link. ​ ​Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania. Accessed on .

Contact details: Threatened Species Section, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania​, GPO Box 44, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7001. Phone (1300 368 550).

Permit: A permit is required under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 to 'take' (which includes kill, injure, catch, damage, destroy and collect), keep, trade in or process any specimen or products of a listed species. Additional permits may also be required under other Acts or regulations to take, disturb or interfere with any form of wildlife or its products, (e.g. dens, nests, bones). This may also depend on the tenure of the land and other agreements relating to its management. ​​​​​