Australdonta florencei Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Florence’s Australdonta Snail (Australdonta florencei)

Florence’s Australdonta Snail was described in 2013; it is known by the astonishing number of 1732 subfossil specimens all of which were collected on the island of Rurutu, Austral Islands.

The shells are depressed, white to light fawn-colored, usually without markings but some specimens bear narrow, oblique or curved flammulations fading out towards the shell’s base.


Photo: O. Gargominy



[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Anthropogenic extinction of Pacific and snails: A case study of Rurutu, French Polynesia, with description of eight new species of endodontids (Pulmonata). Zootaxa 3640(3): 343-372. 2013


edited: 18.02.2024