Lauopa mbalavuana Solem, 1983



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1860's

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



Vanua Balavu island, Fiji


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Solem, Alan. (1983). Endodontoid land snails from Pacific islands (Mollusca: Pulmonata: Sigmurethra). Part II. Families Punctidae and Charopidae. Zoogeography. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.


Other references:

Barker, G. (2012). Lauopa mbalavuana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T195542A2385595. Downloaded on 26 December 2015.

Barker, G. M. and Efford, M. (2004). Predatory gastropods as natural enemies of terrestrial gastropods and other invertebrates, pp. 279-403. In: Barker, G. M. (ed.). Natural Enemies of Terrestrial Molluscs. Wallingford: CABI Publishing.

Barker, G. M. and Bouchet, P. (2010). A catalogue and identification guide to the land snail fauna of Fiji, and associated database.

Cowie, Robert H. (2001). Can snails ever be effective and safe biocontrol agents? International Journal of Pest Management 47: 23-40.

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.

Evenhuis, N. L. (2007). Field Notes of E.H. Bryan, Jr. on the Whitney South Seas Expedition (February–November 1924). Pacific Biological Survey Bishop Museum, Bishop Museum Technical Report. Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu.

Franklin, J. and Steadman, David W. (2010). Forest plant and bird communities in the Lau Group, Fiji. Plos 5(12): 1-14.

Franklin, J., Keppel, G. and Whistler, W. A. (2008). The vegetation and flora of Lakeba, Nayau and Aiwa Islands, central Lau Group, Fiji. Micronesica 40(1/2): 169-225.

Garnock-Jones, J.-P. (1978). Plant communities on Lakeba and southern Vanua Balavu, Lau Group, Fiji. Royal Society of New Zealand Bulletin 17: 95-117.

Latham, M. and Brookfield, H. C. (1983). The Eastern Islands of Fiji, General Report No. 3 of the UNESCO/UNFPA project Population and Environment in the Eastern Islands of Fiji. UNESCO, Paris.

Meyer, W. M., Hayes, K. A. and Meyer, A. L. (2008). Giant African snail, Achatina fulica, as a snail predator. American Malacological Bulletin 24: 117-119.

Raut, S. K. and Barker, G. M. (2002). Achatina fulica Bowdich and other achatinidae in tropical agriculture, pp. 55-114. In: Barker, G.M. (ed.). Molluscs as Crop Pests. CABI Publishing, Wallingford.

Ward, D. F. and Wetterer, J. K. (2006). Checklist of the ants of Fiji (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), pp. 23-47. In: Evenhuis, N. L. and Bickel, D. J. (eds). Fiji Arthropods. Bernice P. Bishop Museum.


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