Bothriembryon praecelsus Iredale, 1939:22

Kellerberin land snail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Bothriembryon praecelcus (used by Slack-Smith, 1996)


Conservation Status

Listed as extinct (e.g. Woinarski et al., 2019), but live specimens tentatively identified as this species have been collected (Whisson, 2019).



“Kellerberrin”, Western Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Iredale, Tom. (1939). A review of the land Mollusca of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery 2(1): 1-88.


Other references:

Braby, Michael F. (2019). Are insects and other invertebrates in decline in Australia? Austral Entomology 58(3): 471-477.

Breure, A. S. H. and Whisson, C. (2012). Annotated type catalogue of Bothriembryon (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in Australian museums, with a compilation of types in other museums. ZooKeys 194: 41-80.

MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Bothriembryon praecelsus Iredale, 1939. Accessed at: on 2022-03-30

Slack-Smith, S. (1996). Bothriembryon praecelcus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: e.T2909A9493158. Downloaded on 10 November 2019.

Smith, B. (1992). Non-marine Mollusca. In: Houston WWK (Ed) Zoological Catalogue of Australia, 8. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, xii + 405 pp.

Wells, F. (1977). Type specimens in the Department of Molluscs, Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 6(1): 33-61.

Whisson, Corey. (2019). Integrated conservation approach for the Australian land snail genus Bothriembryon Pilsbry, 1894: curation, taxonomy and palaeontology. Thesis, Murdoch University.

Whisson, C. and Ryan, Helen E. (2019). Review of the fossil record of the Australian land snail genus Bothriembryon Pilsbry, 1894 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Bothriembryontidae): new distributional and geological data. Records of the Western Australian Museum 34(1): 38-50.

Woinarski, John C. Z., Braby, M. F., Burbidge, A. A., Coates, D., Garnett, S. T., Fensham, R. J., Legge, S. M., McKenzie, N. L., Silcock, J L. and Murphy, B. P. (2019). Reading the black book: The number, timing, distribution and causes of listed extinctions in Australia. Biological Conservation 239: 108261.


<< Back to the Orthalicoidei database