Partula producta Pease

Faarahi Tree-Snail (Partula producta)  

This species was described in 1865.  

The species was endemic to the island of Tahiti, Society Islands, where it was very abundant at the time of its discovery and description, and inhabited several valleys, including Apirimaue, Faarahi, Faone, Papeiti, Taharua, Temarua, Tereehia, Titaviri, Vaihiria, Vairaharaha, Vaitunamea.  

The species was mainly terrestrial, living beneath decaying leaves and among stones etc..  

The shells reached sizes of about 1,8 to 2,1 cm, there was some slight geographical variation, but most specimens were light brown with darker stripes. [1]  


References:  [1] Justin Gerlach: Icons of Evolution: Pacific Island Tree-Snails of the Family Partulidae. Phelsuma Press 2016  


Depiction from: ‘George W. Tryon; Henry A. Pilsbry; a.o.: Manual of Conchology. Second Series: Pulmonata Vol. 20, Caecilioides, Clessula and Partulidae. Index to Vols. 16-20. 1909-1910’

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edited: 21.10.2017