Carelia olivacea ssp. baldwini Cooke

Baldwin’s Olive Carelia Snail (Carelia olivacea ssp. baldwini)

Baldwin’s Olive Carelia Snail was described in 1931; it inhabited an unknown region in northern Kaua’i, Hawaiian Islands. 

The original series of this species consists of two very closely agreeing specimens. One of these was undoubtedly alive when collected, while the other had been dead but a short time.” [1]

At first glance this subspecies appears to eb more closely allied to C. cochlea than to C. olivacea. Its size, outlines, short columella, and proportionately small aperture certainly show a strong resemblance to the former species. In the form and surface texture of its embryonic whorls and in the texture of the surface of its last two whorls, it proves to be more closely allied to C. olivacea. It may represent a hybrid form between these two very distinct species or, less probably a very aberrant type of olivacea.” [1]



[1] C. Montague Cooke Jr.: The land snail genus Carelia. Bishop Museum Bulletin 85: 1-97. 1931


edited: 25.01.2024