Achatinella rosea   (Swainson)

Rosy Oahu Tree-Snail
(Achatinella rosea)

syn. Achatinella bulimoides rosea (Swainson)


Hawai'i Islands: O'ahu

local name:

Kahuli (Hawaiian)
Pupu kani oe (Hawaiian)
Pupu kuahiwi (Hawaiian)

size: ca. 2 cm (shell height)

extinction date: last seen 1949

The Rosy Oahu Tree-Snail did once occur in the Ko'olau Mountains in the east of the island of O'ahu.

The shell is white, pale rosy to stong pink or brown coloured, sometimes unicoloured, sometimes multicoloured striped, many, but yet not all, individuals of this species show a strong pink coloured mouth (shell aperture).

The last record for this species was the sighting of a single snail at the Helemano Ridge in the year 1949.


Rosy Oahu Tree-Snail (Achatinella rosea)

Photo from: 'G. W. Tryon; H. A. Pilsbry: Manual of Conchology. Second series: Pulmonata, Vol. 22, 1912-1914'