New records of terrestrial mollusks (Gastropoda: Stylommatophora) from Antofagasta, northern Chile


  • Juan Francisco Araya Universidad de Atacama, Copiapó, Chile. Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.
  • Sergio E. Miquel Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia", Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Edmundo Martínez Antofagasta Minerals S. A.


Palabras clave:

Bulimulidae, Charopidae, Pupillidae, Land snails


New records for Bostryx holostoma (Pfeiffer, 1846), Pupoides minimus (Philippi, 1860), Stephacharopa calderaensis Miquel & Araya, 2013 and an unidentified charopid species are presented on the basis of specimens collected near the city of Antofagasta, in northern Chile. This is the first record for S. calderaensis after its description, extending its known distribution about 350 km northwards. Details on the protoconch of B. holostoma are presented for the first time, and this species extends its distributional range 145 km southwards. The microhabitat of these species in litho-refugia may explain the presence of these minute terrestrial mollusks in hyper arid northern Chile, further highlighting the need of additional studies of this neglected fauna.

Biografía del autor/a

Juan Francisco Araya, Universidad de Atacama, Copiapó, Chile. Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.

Estudiante de Doctorado, Departamento de Zoología, Universidad de Concepción, Chile.

Investigador adjunto, Departamento de Geología, Universidad de Atacama, Chile.

Sergio E. Miquel, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia", Buenos Aires, Argentina

Investigador y Curador del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia", Buenos Aires, Argentina

Edmundo Martínez, Antofagasta Minerals S. A.

Geólogo, Antofagasta Minerals S. A.


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