Partula filosa Pfeiffer, 1851

Polynesian tree-snail (generic)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Considered a synonym of P. diminuta by (Gerlach, 2016).


Conservation Status

Extinct or invalid (synonym)

Last record: between 1970 and 1980's

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Pirae Valley, Tahiti Nui, Society Islands, French Polynesia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Pfeiffer, L. 1853 (for 1851). Descriptions of fifty-four species of land shells from the collection of H. Cuming, Esq. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 19: 252-263.


Other references:

Coote, Trevor. (2007). Partulids on Tahiti: differential persistence of a minority of endemic taxa among relict populations. American Malacological Bulletin 22(1): 83-87. [Abstract]

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

Gerlach, Justin. (2016). Icons of Evolution: Pacific Island tree-snails, family Partulidae. Cambridge, U.K.: Phelsuma Press. [Description of new species] [List of synonyms]

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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