Pseudolibera lillianae Cooke & Solem

Liliana’s Pseudolibera Snail (Pseudolibera lillianae)

Liliana’s Pseudolibera Snail was described in 1976 based on only two specimens, the considerably worn holotype and another, very small juvenile specimen, apparently both collected in 1958 on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago. [1][2]


The species is now, however, known from at least 1140 specimens, most of which were collected during intensive field studies on the island of Makatea in 2005. 

The shells are less than 0,9 cm in diameter, they are depressed dome-shaped, white with regularey spaced amber-colored flammulations, frequently interrupted at the shell periphery and vicinity of the umbilicus. [2]



[1] Alan Solem: Endodontoid land snails from Pacific Islands (Mollusca: Pulmonata: Sigmurethra). Part I, Family Endodontidae. Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, Illinois 1976
[2] A. F. Sartori; O. Gargominy; B. Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3772(1): 1–68. 2014


edited: 19.04.2019