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Novisuccinea strigata (L. Pfeiffer, 1855)
Striate Ambersnail
Family: Succineidae
Species account author: Robert Forsyth.

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Distribution of Novisuccinea strigata in British Columbia
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Species Information

Animal: Body grey dorsally; darker grey on sides; sole pale pinkish (Forsyth 2005).


Nothing is known about the biology of this species. It is possibly an annual species, maturing in the fall.


Across its range, this species occupies a wide variety of mesic to xeric habitats, including grassy slopes, coastal tundra, and coniferous and mixedwood forests (Dall 1905, Kalas 1981, Forsyth 2005). In BC, it inhabits mesic forests of Black Spruce, Trembling Aspen, and Balsam Poplar, with most sites having extensive cover of shrubs and forbs. It is the most fully terrestrial succineid species in BC.


Global range: An arctic-boreal species, Novisuccinea strigata has a broad range that extends from the Russian Far East (Chukotka and Kamchatka peninsulas and Sakhalin Island) across the Bering Strait to the Aleutians and mainland Alaska, east through northern Canada to southern Greenland (Westerlund 1885, Dall 1905, Pilsbry 1948, Likharev & Rammel'meier 1962). In Canada, known with certainty from BC, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.

BC range: Liard River basin, but possible across all of the very north of BC (Forsyth 2005; map).


Placement of this species in Novisuccinea follows Schileyko and Likharev (1986) and Grimm et al. (2010). The distinctive coiling of the free oviduct around the stalk of the bursa copulatrix, supports the placement of this species in Novisuccinea as redefined by Hoagland and Davis (1987).



Genus name derived from the Latin "novi", "new" + "succinea", "amber" (i.e., new amber[snail]); the gender is feminine. Species epithet Latin, meaning "furrowed".

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeS3?BlueNot Listed
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Synonyms and Alternate Names

Succinea strigata Pfeiffer, 1855

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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2019. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2020-07-08 8:56:31 PM]
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