Partula clara Pease, 1864

Polynesian tree snail (generic)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Rediscovered in 2003-2005

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Tahiti, Society Islands


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Pease, W.H. 1865 (for 1864). Descriptions of New Species of Land Shells from the Islands of the Central Pacific. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 32: 668-676.


Other references:

Bick, C. S. et al. (2014). Differential survival among Tahitian tree snails during a mass extinction event: persistence of the rare and fecund. Oryx. DOI: [Abstract]

Coote, T. (2007). Partulids on Tahiti: differential persistence of a minority of endemic taxa among relict populations. American Malacological Bulletin 22: 83-87.

Coote, T. (2009). Partula clara. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 25 November 2014.

Gerlach, Justin. (2014). Snailing round the South Seas – the [i]Partula[/i] story. Cambridge, U.K.: Phelsuma Press. 184 pp.

Gouveia, Ana Rita Peres Cardoso. (2006) Investigating the Role of Environmental Factors in Population Fluctuations of Captive Partula clara and Partula tohiveana Polynesian Tree Snails. Master of Science Project in Wild Animal Biology. Royal Veterinary College of London and Zoological Society of London, 19-20.

Gouveia, Ana Rita Peres Cardoso. (2011). Investigation of the Factors Affecting the Population Dynamics of Captive Partula Snails. Thesis, Imperial College London. 123 pp.

Lee, T., Burch, J.B., Jung, Y., Coote, T., Pearce-Kelly, P. and Ó Foighil, D. (2007). Tahitian tree snail mitochondrial clades survived recent mass-extirpation. Current Biology 17(13): R502-R503.

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.


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