Tree snail is a common name that is applied to various kinds of tropical air-breathing land snails, pulmonate gastropod mollusks that have shells, and that live in trees, in other words, are exclusively arboreal in habitat.
Some other species of air-breathing land snails may sometimes be found on tree trunks, or even in the foliage of trees, but this does not mean they live their whole lives in trees, and they are not considered to be tree snails.
Genera and species that have the words "tree snail" as a part of their common name include:
- Partula - various species in the genus Partula are known under the common name "Moorean Viviparous Tree Snail" or "Polynesian Tree Snail".
- Samoana - in addition, various species in the genus Samoana are known under the common name "Moorean Viviparous Tree Snail" or "Polynesian Tree Snail".
- Samoana abbreviata - known as the short Samoan tree snail
Various species have the word "treesnail" as part of their common name:
- Orthalicus reses - the Stock Island treesnail
- Orthalicus reses nesodryas - Florida Keys treesnail
- Orthalicus floridensis - banded treesnail
- Liguus fasciatus (Müller, 1774) - Florida treesnail
- Papustyla pulcherrima - emerald green snail, or green tree snail, or manus green tree snail
- http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=77013 accessed 12 May 2010