Partulidae is divided into three genera:
- Eua has four species, confined to Tonga and Samoa.
- Partula has about 100 species, distributed from Belau to the Society Islands.
- Samoana has about 23 species, distributed in Polynesia and the Mariana Islands.
The Partulidae represent a significant species radiation and were important in the development of modern evolutionary studies through the work of Henry Crampton in the early 20th century and later by Bryan Clarke, James Murray and Michael Johnson.
Most Partulidae species have declined in the past 40 years[when?] and a very large proportion are extinct. The main threat to their survival has been the introduction of the predatory snail Euglandina rosea.
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