Achatinella vulpina (Férussac, 1821)

Rusty Oahu tree-snail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonyms: 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










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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.

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