Naesiotus sp. ‘vanmoli’

Van Mol’s Galapagos Snail (Naesiotus sp. ‘vanmoli’)

Van Mol’s Galapagos Snail was described in 1985, its species name is now considered a nomen nudum, however.

The species was endemic to the southwestern part of the island of Santa Cruz in the Galápagos archipelago, where it was found in a narrow area only some 600 m wide in the arid zone at an altitude of about 65 m above sea level. [1]

Van Mol’s Galapagos Snail has not been found during the last field searches; it is thus believed to be most 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