Gulickia alexandri   (Cooke)


 
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Gulickia Snail
(Gulickia alexandri)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Hawai'i Isands: Maui

 
local name: -

 
size: 0,35 cm (shell hight)

extinction date: last seen in 1983

 
The Gulickia Snail was scientifically described in the year 1915 on the basis of several specimens that were found on the island of Maui on the stems of non-native guava trees (Psidium guajava (L.)). The species was still quite common at that time, and occured all over the island.

The species disappeared due to the predation by the introduced snail-eating Rosy Wolf Snail (Euglandia rosea (Férussac)).

In 1960 the Gulickia Snail survived in only two places in the western part of Maui. The last sighting was finally in the year 1983 in the eastern part of the island, and therefore the species is now most probably extinct.

 
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Gulickia Snail (Gulickia alexandri)


Depiction from: 'G. W. Tryon; H. A. Pilsbry: Manual of Conchology. Second series: Pulmonata, Vol. 23, 1915-1916'

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