HAITIAN LAND SNAIL
by HispaniolandThe Massif de la Hotte
is a mountain range in southwestern Haiti, on the far-western end of the Tiburon Peninsula. The region is relatively remote and is one of the most biologically diverse and significant areas of all of Hispaniola. It also supports some of the last stands of Haiti’s dense cloud forest on its peaks. About 2.5 million years ago, the Massif de la Hotte was separated from the rest of the country by a deep, wide sea channel, which resulted in a hotbed of endemism in its bird, plant, and reptile communities. This snail is one of 23 identified species living within the region, according to Fred G. Thompson in his 1986 document the Land Mollusks of The National Parks of Haiti
Most of the island’s endemic species exist within the ‘de la Hotte Biosphere.’ Rising to a peak level of approximately 7700 ft (2347 m) in Pic Macaya; Haiti’s second highest peak, the Massif’s high and fluctuating elevations supports some of Hispaniola’s highest levels of biological diversity and endemism. Conservation International recognizes the region as one of the most conservation-urgent in the world.
La Hotte Glanded Frog
Macaya Burrowing Frog