Succinea tahitensis Pfeiffer

Huahine Amber Snail (Succinea tahitensis)

This species was described in 1847, it was, despite its species epithet, not found on Tahiti but was endemic to the island of Huahine, Society Islands.

This ground-dwelling species was originally found to be “Abundant on the ground in moist places, and distributed throughout the island of Huaheine.” [1] It was last recorded in 1987 and is now extinct.

The reasons for its extinction are the same as for all the other extinct gastropod species from French Polynesia. [2]

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syn. Succinea papillata Carpenter

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Depiction from: ‘Andrew Garrett: The terrestrial Mollusca inhabiting the Society Islands. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Ser. 2. Vol. 9(1): 17-114. 1884’

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References:

[2] Andrew Garrett: The terrestrial Mollusca inhabiting the Society Islands. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Ser. 2. Vol. 9(1): 17-114. 1884
[2] Justin Gerlach: Land and Freshwater Snails of Tahiti and the other Society Islands. Phelsuma Press, Cambridge 2017

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edited: 19.02.2024