Partula turgida Pease, 1864

Turgid tree-snail, Moorea tree-snail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1992; 1 January 1996 (Pyne, 2022)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Raiatea, 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:

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

Coote, T. 2009b. Partula turgida. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T16331A5603037. Accessed on 12 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.

Cunningham, A.A. and Daszak, P. 1998. Extinction of a species of land snail due to infection with a microsporidian parasite. Conservation Biology 12: 1139-1141.

Daszak, P. and Cunningham, A. A. (1999). Extinction by infection. Trends Ecol. Evol. 14: 279-279.

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

Jeffries, Michael J. (2005). Biodiversity and Conservation, 2nd edition. Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environment and Society Texts. Routledge Chapman & Hall.

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.

Pyne, Lydia. (2022). Endlings: Fables for the Anthropocene. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

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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