Partula faba faba (Gmelin, 1791)

Captain Cook's bean snail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 21 February 2016 (source)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct in the Wild


Extinct in the wild in 1991-92 or later. Subsequently the captive population slowly dwindled until the endling died on 21 February 2016.



Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Gmelin, J. F. (1791). Caroli a Linnaei Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Editio Decima Tertia, Aucta Reformata. 1(6 Vermes). G.E. Beer, Leipzig.


Other references:

Coote, T. (2009a). Partula faba. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T16288A5597344. . Downloaded on 10 November 2015.

Coote, T. (2009b). Partula faba. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T16288A5597344. Accessed on 10 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.

Dalrymple, S. E., Abeli, T., Ewen, J. G., Gilbert, T. C., Hogg, C. J., Lloyd, N. A., Moehrenschlager, A., Rodríguez, J. P. and Smith, D. (2023). Addressing Threats and Ecosystem Intactness to Enable Action for Extinct in the Wild Species. Diversity 15: 268.

Gerlach, Justin. 2016. Icons of Evolution: Pacific Island tree-snails of the family Partulidae. Phelsuma Press, Cambridge.

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, 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.

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


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