The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Achatinella vulpina (Férussac, 1821)

Rusty Oahu tree-snail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature


Achatinella vulpina (Férussac, 1824) [incorrect year; used by (Hadfield & Hadway, 1996)]

Achatinella castanea, Reeve

Achatinella adusta, Reeve

Achatinella ernestina, Baldwin

Achatinella olivacea, Reeve

Achatinella vrasinus, Reeve

Achatinella virens, Gulick

Achatinella cucumis, Gulick

Achatinella analoga, Gulick

Achatinella longisvira, Smith

Achatinella colorata, Gulick

Achatinella colorata, Reeve

Achatinella consanguinea, Smith

Achatinella ustulata, Newcomb

Achatinella tricolor, Smith

Achatinella prasinus, Reeve

Achatinella diluta, Smith

Achatinella ernestina, Baldwin

Helix vulpina, Ferussac


Conservation Status

Last record: 1965

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, USA


Biology & Ecology










Baillie, J. and Groombridge, B. (eds). 1996. 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. pp. 378. International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Cowie, Robert H., Régnier, Claire, Fontaine, Benoît, and Bouchet, Philippe. (2017). Measuring the Sixth Extinction: what do mollusks tell us? The Nautilus 131(1): 3-41.

Cowie Robert H., Héros Virginie, Yeung Norine W. and Hayes Kenneth A. (2016). Annotated catalogue of types of Hawaiian land and fresh-water snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, with lectotype designations. Zoosystema 38(2): 245-266.

Groombridge, B. (ed.). 1994. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Hadfield, M. & Hadway, L. (1996). Achatinella vulpina. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 20 September 2011.

IUCN. 1990. IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

USFWS [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service]. (1993). Recovery Plan for the O’ahu Tree Snails of the Genus Achatinella. U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, Oregon. 64 pp. + 64 pp. of appendices + 5 figs.

Wells, S.M., Pyle, R.M. and Collins, N.M. (compilers) 1983. The IUCN Invertebrate Red Data Book. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.


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