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The red giant - Indrella ampulla These snails are common throughout the western ghats and can be seen in large numbers during the monsoons feasting on the fungi/mushroom that grows on the dead/living tree. It is native species and found only in the western ghats of India. <br />
These are one of the largest snails in India. Unlike the invasive species of snails these snails don&#039;t destroy the plants instead as i said earlier will feed on fungi, thereby protecting the trees from parasitic fungi. These are snails bright red in color and rarely can be seen in pale yellowish red color.  Indrella ampulla,Molluscs,endemic,fungi eaters,giant snail,india,native species,red snail,western ghats Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

The red giant - Indrella ampulla

These snails are common throughout the western ghats and can be seen in large numbers during the monsoons feasting on the fungi/mushroom that grows on the dead/living tree. It is native species and found only in the western ghats of India.
These are one of the largest snails in India. Unlike the invasive species of snails these snails don't destroy the plants instead as i said earlier will feed on fungi, thereby protecting the trees from parasitic fungi. These are snails bright red in color and rarely can be seen in pale yellowish red color.

    comments (3)

  1. Amazing find, but a fascinating area the Wester Ghat is, thank you for documenting it so well! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks Fredy!
      These are common during monsoons. Western Ghats is a treasure. There are many unknown species of lesser fauna.
      I happened to come across a frog that is not described at all :)
      Posted 4 years ago
  2. What a fascinating creature! And what strange colouring. Another one for my list! Thanks. Posted 3 years ago

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''Indrella ampulla'' is a species of tropical terrestrial air-breathing gastropod mollusk in the family Ariophantidae.

This is the type species of the monotypic genus ''Indrella'', which is endemic to the Western Ghats of India.

This is the only species in the genus ''Indrella'', however the animal color is polymorphic: the visible soft parts of the snail can be various colors, including red and pale yellow.

Similar species: Pulmonata
Species identified by karthik_ak
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Uploaded Mar 4, 2015. Captured Oct 4, 2014 15:46.
  • NIKON D5100
  • f/8.0
  • 1/80s
  • ISO1250
  • 90mm