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Carelia sinclairi Ancey

Sinclair’s Carelia Snail (Carelia sinclairi)  

Sinclair’s Carelia Snail was described in 1892 based on several subfossil specimens.  

The species is the only member of its genus known so far to have occurred on the island of Ni’ihau, Hawaiian Islands.  

The shells are very common in the fossil deposits of the island, and about 1000 specimens alone are kept in the collections of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu, O’ahu. [1]  


Sinclair’s Carelia Snail is quite different from its congeners and, in my opinion, should be placed in a distinct genus.  



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


Depiction from: ‘George W. Tryon; Henry A. Pilsbry; a.o.: Manual of Conchology. Second series: Pulmonata. Vol 21: Achatinellidae (Amastrinae). 1911′

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edited: 01.04.2018