Tag Archives: Makatea

Pseudolibera aubertdelaruei Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Aubert de la Rüe’ Pseudolibera Snail (Pseudolibera aubertdelaruei)

Aubert de la Rüe’ Pseudolibera Snail was described in 2014, it is known from only three specimens which were collected in 1955 by E. Aubert de la Rüe on the island of makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The shells reach sizes of less than 0,6 cm in diameter, they are white, depressed and decorated with flammulations, the apex is flat, the spire elevated, the peripheral keel is very short. [1]

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References:

[1] A. F. Sartori; O. Gargominy; B. Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3772(1): 1–68. 2014

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edited: 13.06.2020

Pseudolibera matthieui Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Matthieu’s Pseudolibera Snail (Pseudolibera matthieui)

Matthieu’s Pseudolibera Snail was described in 2014, it is known from at least 118 specimens that were collected on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.


The shells reach sizes of less than 0,7 cm in diameter, they are white and show regularely spaced, amber-colored flammulations on the apical surface. 
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References:

[1] A. F. Sartori; O. Gargominy; B. Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3772(1): 1–68. 2014

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edited: 13.06.2020

Mautodontha makateaensis Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Makatea Mautodontha Snail (Mautodontha makateaensis)

This species was described in 2014, it is known from subfossil material that was found near the port of Temao on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The shells are less than 0,4 cm in diameter; they are subdepressed, white and do not bear any markings.

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References:

[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3771(1): 1-68. 2014  

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edited: 13.03.2021

Mautodontha spelunca Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Cave Mautodontha Snail (Mautodontha spelunca)

This species was described in 2014 based on at least 405 subfossil shell specimens that were collected from a cave south of the village of Temao near the eastern coast of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The shells are less than 0,5 cm in diameter; they are depressed, white and do not bear any markings. [1]

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References:

[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3771(1): 1-68. 2014  

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edited: 13.03.2021

Mautodontha temaoensis Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Temao Mautodontha Snail (Mautodontha temaoensis)

The Temao Mautodontha Snail was described in 2014, it is known only from subfossil material that was found near the port of Temao on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The shells are less than 0,3 cm in diameter; they are depressed, white and bear no markings at all. [1]

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References:

[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3771(1): 1-68. 2014  

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edited: 13.03.2021

Mautodontha passosi Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Passos’ Mautodontha Snail (Mautodontha passosi)

This species was described in 2014, it is known from subfossil material that was found in rocky substrate at a cliff north of Moumu village on the eastern shore of the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The shells are less than 0,4 cm in diameter; they are subdepressed and white in color, they do not bear any markings. [1]

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References:

[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3771(1): 1-68. 2014  

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edited: 13.03.2021

Pseudolibera cookei Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Cooke’s Pseudolibera Snail (Pseudolibera cookei)

Cooke’s Pseudolibera Snail was described in 2014, it is known from nine specimens that were collected from a limestone cave at the western coast of the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The shells reach sizes of less than 0,7 cm, they are depressed, dome-shaped, white with a amber tint covering most of their surface but being absent from the vicinity of the umbilicus, their apex and spires are elevated, the peripheral keel is slightly angled towards the shell base. [1]

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References:

[1] A. F. Sartori; O. Gargominy; B. Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3772(1): 1–68. 2014

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edited: 13.06.2020

Mautodontha occidentalis Sartoti, Gargominy & Fontaine

Western Mautodontha Snail (Mautodontha occidentalis 

This species was described in 2014.  

The species appears to be known from only 32 specimens, which were collected from the deposits inside a cave at the west coast of Makatea, Tuamotu Archipelago.  

The shells reach a size of less than 0,3 cm in diameter, they are subdepressed and bear no flammulations. [1]  

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References:  

[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3771(1): 1-68. 2014  

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edited: 02.10.2017

Mautodontha domaneschii Sartoti, Gargominy & Fontaine

Domaneschi’s Mautodontha Snail (Mautodontha domaneschii 

Domaneschi’s Mautodontha Snail was described in 2014.  

The species is known from as much as 744 specimens, all collected in the northeastern part of Makatea, some from the deposits of the caves in the impressive cliffs.  

The shells reach a size of about 0,35 cm in diameter, they are discoidal and bear no signs of flammulations. [1]  

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References:  

[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3771(1): 1-68. 2014  

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edited: 19.04.2018

Mautodontha virginiae Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Virginie’s Mautodontha Snail (Mautodontha virginae)

Virginie’s Mautodontha Snail was described in 2014; it is a now extinct species that was endemic to the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The shells of this species are less than 0,4 cm in diameter; they are depressed, white to fawn in color and bear irregularly spaced, amber-colored flammulations which persist on the shell base or are fading out in the vicinity of the umbilical margin.

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References:

[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3771(1): 1-68. 2014  

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edited: 13.03.2021

Pseudolibera parva Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Small Pseudolibera Snail (Pseudolibera parva)

The Small Pseudolibera Snail was described in 2014, it is known from 44 specimens that were collected from the base of a limestone cliff on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

This is the smallest of the species within its genus, the shells reach sizes of less than 0,5 cm, they are depressed, white and are decorated with regularely spaced amber- to maroon-colored flammulations that quickly fade out on the shell base, the first two to three whorls, in addition to the flammulations, often show a fawn background coloration. [1]

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References:

[1] A. F. Sartori; O. Gargominy; B. Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3772(1): 1–68. 2014

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edited: 13.06.2020

Mautodontha aurora Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Aurora Mautodontha Snail (Mautodontha aurora)

This species was described in 2014, it is known from subfossil material that was found on top of a cliff on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The shells are less than 0,35 cm in diameter; they are depressed white to fawn in color and do not bear any markings. [1]

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References:

[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3771(1): 1-68. 2014  

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edited: 13.03.2021

Kleokyphus callimus Solem

Small Makatea Kleokyphus Snail (Kleokyphus callimus 

This species was described in 1976 based on four specimens that were collected in 1955 somewhere on the island of Makatea, Tuamotu Archipelago.  

The shells are less than 0,5 cm in diameter, they are white with regularly spaced amber-colored markings. [1]  

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The Small Makatea Kleokyphus Snail is known from ten specimens altogether, it is the type species of its genus. [1]  

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References:  

[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3771(1): 1-68. 2014  

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edited: 03.10.2017

Pseudolibera eliporoii Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Elie Poroi’s Pseudolibera Snail  (Pseudolibera eliporoii)

Elie Poroi’s Pseudolibera Snail was described in 2014, it was endemic to the island of Makatea, Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia; it is known from at least 93 specimens, most of which were collected from the deposits inside the Moumu cave.

The shells reach a size of less than 0,7 cm, they are subdepressed, dome-shaped, white and bear regularely spaced amber-colored flammulations which are often more conspicuous on the shell base than apically. [1]

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References:

[1] A. F. Sartori; O. Gargominy; B. Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3772(1): 1–68. 2014

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edited: 13.06.2020

Mautodontha harperae Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Harper’s Mautodontha Snail (Mautodontha harperae)

This species was described in 2014 based on subfossil shells that had been obtained from deposits inside the Moumu Cave on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The shells are less than 0,4 cm in diameter; they are depressed, white and don’t bear any flammulations.

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References:

[1] André F. Sartori; Olivier Gargominy; Benoît Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3771(1): 1-68. 2014  

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edited: 13.03.2021

Pseudolibera extincta Sartori, Gargominy & Fontaine

Extinct Pseudolibera Snail (Pseudolibera extincta)

This species was described in 2014, it is known from at least 30 specimens that were collected from below rocks on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The shells are less than 0,7 cm in diameter, they are depressed, dome-shaped, white and are decorated with regularely spaced amber-colored flammulations on the apical surface but absent from the shell base. [1]

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References:

[1] A. F. Sartori; O. Gargominy; B. Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3772(1): 1–68. 2014

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edited: 13.06.2020

Pseudolibera lillianae Cooke & Solem

Liliana’s Pseudolibera Snail (Pseudolibera lillianae)

Liliana’s Pseudolibera Snail was described in 1976 based on only two specimens, the considerably worn holotype and another, very small juvenile specimen, apparently both collected in 1958 on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago. [1][2]

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The species is now, however, known from at least 1140 specimens, most of which were collected during intensive field studies on the island of Makatea in 2005. 

The shells are less than 0,9 cm in diameter, they are depressed dome-shaped, white with regularey spaced amber-colored flammulations, frequently interrupted at the shell periphery and vicinity of the umbilicus. [2]

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References:

[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] A. F. Sartori; O. Gargominy; B. Fontaine: Radiation and decline of endodontid land snails in Makatea, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 3772(1): 1–68. 2014

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edited: 19.04.2019