Partula lutea Lesson, 1831

Yellow tree-snail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Partula luteus Pfeiffer, 1842; Partula lilacina Pffeifer, 1856; Partula solidula Pfeiffer, 1853


Conservation Status


Last record: between 1986 and 1991?

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Bora Bora (native) & Maupiti (introduced), Society Islands


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Lesson, R.P. 1831. In: L.I. Duperrey.Voyage autour du monde, execute par ordre du Roi, sur la corvette de La Majeste La Coquille, pendant les annees 1822, 1823, 1824 et 1825. Vol. 2.


Other references:

Coote, T. (2009). Partula lutea. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 29 August 2012.

Coote, T. 2009. Partula lutea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T16318A5601325. Accessed on 01 July 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. (2017). Partula survival in 2017, a survey of the Society islands. Unpublished report, August 2017.

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.

Pfeiffer, L. 1842. Symbolae ad Historiam Heliceorum. Th. Fisher 2.

Pfeiffer, L. 1853. Monographia heliceorum viventium, sistens descriptions systematicas et criticas omnium huis familiae generum et specierum hodie cognitarum. 3. F.A. Brockhaus, Leipzig.

Pfeiffer, L. 1856. Versuch einer Anordnung der Heliceen nach naturlichen Gruppen. Malakozool. Blatt. 2: 145-185.

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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