Naesiotus sp. ‘josevillani’

Jose Villan’s Galapagos Snail (Naesiotus sp. ‘josevillani’)

Jose Villan’s Galapagos Snail was described in 1985, its species epithet, however, is now considered a nomen nudum, the reasons therefore are not known to me.

The species was endemic to the Isla Santa Cruz in the Galápagos archipelago, where it was found in the Scalesia forests of the higher altitudes. [1]

Jose Villan’s Galapagos Snail hasn’t been found during the most recent field searches and is thus considered very likely extinct.



[1] Guy Coppois: Etude de la spéciation chez les Bulimulidae endémiques de l’archipel des Galápagos (Mollusques, Gastéropodes, Pulmonés). Thèse de Doctorat, Libre de Bruxelles 1-283. 1985


edited: 01.06.2021