Current Research on Species at Risk: Invertebrates

Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail

The Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail (Novisuccinea chittenangoensis) is federally threatened and endangered.  Its range in the wild is restricted to a single waterfall in New York state, although in the early 1900′s it was more widespread and abundant.  The waterfall that is home to these rare snails is within the Chittenango State Park.  The snails prefer moist and humid conditions, vegetated slopes near the waterfall, and feed primarily on algae.  Since the accidental introduction of an exotic snail in 1984 the snails have been outcompeted for resources and their population size was severely reduced to less than 25 snails in 1990. Read more about this research…