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Samoana fragilis.png
A live individual of Samoana fragilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Orthurethra

Superfamily: Partuloidea
Family: Partulidae
Genus: Samoana
Pilsbry, 1909[1]

Samoana is a genus of tropical, air-breathing, land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Partulidae.


Species within the genus Samoana include:[2][3]

A cladogram showing the phylogenic relations of Samoana and three of its investigated species:[4]




Samoana diaphana

Samoana burchi

Samoana attenuata



The genus Samoana was defined by American malacologist Henry Augustus Pilsbry in Manual of Conchology in 1909:[1]

In 1909, Pilsbry assigned six species to the genus Samoana.[1]


This article incorporates public domain text from the reference.[1]

  1. ^ a b c d Pilsbry H. A. (1909). In: Tryon G. W. & Pilsbry H. A. (1909) Manual of Conchology, Volume 20. Caecilioides, Clessula and Partulidae. Index to vols. XVI. - XX. (2)20: 165, 263.
  2. ^ IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. <>. Downloaded on 14 November 2009.
  3. ^ Gerlach, J. (2016) Icons of Evolution - Pacific island tree snails, family Partulidae. Phelsuma Press, Cambridge
  4. ^ Lee T., Burch J. B., Coote T., Pearce-Kelly P., Hickman C., Meyer J.-Y. & Foighil D. O. (18 August 2009). "Moorean tree snail survival revisited: a multi-island genealogical perspective". BMC Evolutionary Biology 9: 204. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-204

External links[edit]

Partulidae evolution, diversity and conservation Partula Pages