Schizoglossa major Powell

Giant Paua Snail (Schizoglossa major)

The Giant Paua Snail is known only from subfossil shells that had been found in the Waikato region in the northern part of the North Island of New Zealand.

The shells could grow to a size of about 5 cm, that means the snails body might have reached lengths of about 15 cm.

The species very likely was among the first that were extirpated by the rats that had been imported by the first Polynesian settlers in the 13th century.


edited: 21.04.2022