Great Gastropods (Coming Soon)
Bishop Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of terrestrial mollusks, or land snails, from across the Pacific region. Hawaiian land snail fauna is arguably the most diverse in the world in relation to land area. Unfortunately, these land snails are among the most threatened groups of animals on the planet, and there have been substantial losses in biodiversity, as much as 90% in some families. Bishop Museum’s Malacology Researcher, Dr. Norine Yeung, is leading conservation efforts to understand and protect Hawai‘i’s endemic land snail population from threats to their habitat and some 38 established invasive species of land snail now thriving in Hawai‘i’s forests. Coming soon, explore snail systematics and the vital role of Hawai‘i’s molluscs as bioindicators (species that warn us about imbalances in our environment), and learn what role you can play in improving outcomes for our native species.