Gibbus lyonetianus (Pallas)

Purple Gibbus Snail (Gibbus lyonetianus

This species was described in 1780.  

The Purple Gibbus Snail was endemic to the island of Mauritius, it had a conspicuous, strangely compressed shell and probably was a predatory species.  


It appears to have been a quite colorful species.:  

The sole of the foot in this species is yellow; the anterior part of the upper surface varies from reddish claret to purple, and the posterior is yellow, dotted with minute purplish spots; the tentacles are dull purple.” [1]  



[1] Geoffrey Nevill: Notes on some of the species of land Mollusca inhabiting Mauritius and the Seychelles. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 257-261. 1868  


Photo from: ‘Louis Germain: Faune malacologique terrestre et fluviatile des Iles Mascareignes. Paris 1921’

(public domain) 


edited: 06.11.2017