The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Hotumatua anakenana Kirch, Christensen, Steadman, 2009:114

Hotu Matua’s snail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: c. 1000 AD or later



Easter Island, Pacific Ocean


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Kirch, P. V., Christensen, C. C. and Steadman, D. W. (2009). Subfossil land snails from Easter Island, including Hotumatua anakenana, new genus and species (Pulmonata: Achatinellidae). Pacific Science 63: 105-122.


Other references:

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.

Steadman, David W., Vargas, C. P., and Cristino, F. C. (1994). Stratigraphy, chronology, and cultural context of an early faunal assemblage from Easter Island. Asian Perspectives 33(1): 79-96.


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