Aukena endodonta Bouchet & Abdou, 2001
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Last record: 1934
Specimens of this species were collected in 1934, but not recognized as being a new species. The Gambier Islands were visited again in 1997, but only a single species of land snail was encountered. Given the fact that 99% of Aukena island's forest has been destroyed, the absence of this species is a very good indication that it is now sadly extinct.
Biology & Ecology
Original scientific description:
Bouchet, Philippe and Abdou, Ahmed. (2001). Recent Extinct Land Snails (Euconulidae) from the Gambier Islands with Remarkable Apertural Barriers. Pacific Science 55(2): 121-127.
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.
Régnier, Claire, Fontaine, Benoît and Bouchet, Philippe. (2009). Not Knowing, Not Recording, Not Listing: Numerous Unnoticed Mollusk Extinctions. Conservation Biology 23(5): 1214-1221.