Partula aurantia Crampton, 1932

Orange tree-snail, Moorean viviparous tree snail, Golden Moorean tree snail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1980's or before

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Crampton, H. E. (1932). Studies on the variation, distribution, and evolution of the genus Partula. The species inhabiting Moorea. Carnegie Inst. Wash. Publ. 410: 1-335.


Other references:

Clarke, Bryan, Murray, James and Johnson, Michael S. (1984). The Extinction of Endemic Species by a Program of Biological Control. Pacific Science 38(2): 97-104.

Coote, T. (2009a). Partula aurantia. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 27 July 2013.

Coote, T. 2009b. Partula aurantia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T16272A5594615. Accessed on 19 June 2022.

Coote, T. and Loeve, E. (2003). From 61 species to five: endemic tree snails of the Society Islands, French Polynesia fall prey to an ill-judged biological control programme. Oryx 37(1): 91-96.

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.

Gerlach, Justin. (2014). Diet of the Partula species of Moorea. The Partula Pages: report 1.

Lee, Taehwan et al. (2014). Evolutionary history of a vanishing radiation: isolation-dependent persistence and diversification in Pacific Island partulid tree snails. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 202.

Murray, J., Murray, E., Johnson, M. S. and Clarke, B. C. (1988). The Extinction of Partula on Moorea. Pacific Science 42(3-4): 150-153.

Régnier, Claire, Fontaine, Benoît and Bouchet, Philippe. (2009). Not Knowing, Not Recording, Not Listing: Numerous Unnoticed Mollusk Extinctions. Conservation Biology 23(5): 1214-1221.

Richardson, C.L. 1990. Partulidae: catalog of species. Tryonia 19(1): 1-96.

Smith, Donal et al. (2023). Extinct in the wild: The precarious state of Earth’s most threatened group of species. Science 379(6634): eadd2889.


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