Gambiodonta mangarevana Solem & Cooke

Mangarevan Gambiodonta Snail (Gambiodonta mangarevana)

The Mangarevan Gambiodonta Snail was described in 1976 based on only six specimens, two adults and four juveniles, that had been collected in 1934 on the island of Mangareva, Gambier Islands.

The species is quite similar to the Domed Gambiodonta Snail (Gambiodonta tumida Cooke & Solem) but smaller, its shells reached average sizes of about 0,45 cm in diameter. [1]


The species occurred also on the small island of Taravai, next to Mangareva Island, where its subfossil shells were discovered during field searches in 1997. [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] Ahmed Abdou; Philippe Bouchet: Noveaux gastéropodes Endodontidae et Punctidae (Mollusca, Pulmonata) récemment éteints de l’archipel des Gambier (Polynésie). Zoosystea 22(4): 689-707. 2000


edited: 19.04.2019