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Snails of the Marshall Islands

Contents:
  bulletSubclass Prosobranchia (gill bearers)
    bulletFamily Hydrobiidae
    bulletFamily Pupinidae
    bulletFamily Assimineidae
    bulletFamily Truncatellidae (very small operculate shells)
    bulletFamily Thiaridae (minute, associated with freshwater plants, muddy river and swamp bottoms)
    bulletFamily Ellobiidae - (small, solid shells with teeth on columella, brownish)
    bulletFamily Siphonariidae - (false limpets)
    bulletFamily Achatinellidae
    bulletFamily Pupillidae - (minute, some resemble tiny barrels, kegs with ribs, or pinecones, under dead leaves, tree bark, coral rocks)
    bulletFamily Achatinidae
    bulletFamily Subulinidae
    bulletFamily Zonitidae - (flattish, five-coiled spirals with low spiral, found on scrubs and ferns)
    bulletFamily Bradybaenidae?
    bulletFamily Veronicellidae
    bulletFamily Onchidiidae
  bulletREFERENCES


Subclass Prosobranchia (gill bearers)

Family Hydrobiidae

Sientific name: Paludinella semperi
English name: operculate freshwater snail
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: data deficient, category of IUCN for Marshalls, Palau

Family Pupinidae

Sientific name: Pupina complanata
English name: pupina
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: data deficient, category of IUCN for Marshalls, FSM

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Family Assimineidae

Sientific name: Assiminae nitida marshallensis
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Jaluit; on pandanus, endemic

Sientific name: Omphalotropis fragilis
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Jaluit; on pandanus

Family Truncatellidae (very small operculate shells)

Sientific name: Truncatella guerinii
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: strandline, under debris near seashore, wide distribution hut always rare, data deficient, category by IUCN for Japan

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Subclass Pulmonata (lung-bearers)

Family Thiaridae (minute, associated with freshwater plants, muddy river and swamp bottoms)

Sientific name: unidentified thiarid sp.
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Jaluit; fresh, brackish water

Family Ellobiidae - (small, solid shells with teeth on columella, brownish)

Sientific name: Melampus fasciatus
English name: banded melampus
Marshallese name: alu
Status or range: strandline, wide distribution

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Sientific name: Melampus luteus
English name: yellow melampus
Marshallese name: alu
Status or range: strandline, wide distribution

Sientific name: Melampus semplicata
English name: brown melampus
Marshallese name: alu
Status or range: strandline, wide distribution

Family Siphonariidae - (false limpets)

Sientific name: Siphonaria guamensis
English name: Guam false limpet
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Enewetak

Sientific name: Siphonaria normalis
English name: false limpet
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Enewetak

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Family Achatinellidae

Sientific name: Lamellidea pusilla
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: widely distributed by man

Sientific name: Pacificella variablilis
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Jaluit

Family Pupillidae - (minute, some resemble tiny barrels, kegs with ribs, or pinecones, under dead leaves, tree bark, coral rocks)

Sientific name: Gastrocopta pediculus
English name: little louse gasrocopta
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: widely distributed by man, throughout Pacific

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Sientific name: Gastrocopta servilis
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: widely distributed by man

Family Achatinidae

Sientific name: Achatina fulica
English name: giant African snail
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: introduced pest, serious destroyer of plants

Family Subulinidae

Sientific name: Subulina octona
English name: octona shell
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Majuro, widely distributed by man

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Sientific name: ?Paropeas achatinaceum
English name: subulid
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Majuro, introduced

Sientific name: Allopeas gracile
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Jaluit, widely distributed by man

Family Zonitidae - (flattish, five-coiled spirals with low spiral, found on scrubs and ferns)

Sientific name: Liardetia sp.?
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Jaluit, on pandanus

Family Bradybaenidae?

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Sientific name: unidentified species ?
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Majuro, introduced

Sientific name: unidentified species?
English name: ?
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Majuro, introduced

Family Veronicellidae

Sientific name: Laevicaulis alte?
English name: black oval land slug
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Majuro, introduced throughout the tropics

Sientific name: Vaginulus plebeius?
English name: brown narrow land slug
Marshallese name: ?
Status or range: Majuro, introduced throughout the tropics

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Family Onchidiidae

Sientific name: Onchidella sp.?
English name: leather limpet
Marshallese name: padobar
Status or range: Majuro, high intertidal rocks


REFERENCES

Abott, R. Tucker 1989. Compedium of Landshells. American Malacologists, Inc. Melborne, Florida

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Abbott, R. Tucker and S. Peter Dance 1990. Compendium of Seashells. American Malacologists, Inc. Melbourne, Florida

Cowie, Robert 1997. Homogenization of Pacific island snail, in IUCN World Conservation, Invaders from Planet Earth

Kay, E. Alison and Scott Johnson 1987. Mollusca of Enewetak Atoll, in Devaney, D. M. et al. The Natural History of Enewetak Atoll. United States Department of Energy

Brost, F. B. and R. D. Coale 1971. A Guide to Shell Collecting in the Kwajelein Atoll. Tuttle Co., Rutland, Vermont

Kondo, Yoshio 1961- Gastropod Molluscs Collected by J. L. Gressitt in Blummenstock, David I. et al. A report on typhoon effects upon Jaluit Atoll. Atoll Research Bulletin, No. 75, pp. 105

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Johnson, Jeanette and Scott Johnson 1995. Kwajalein Shells. Kwajalein, Marshall Islands

Roth, Alexander Jr. 1980. Mollusks of the Southern Mariana Islands. Aljemasu Enterprises, Tamuning, Guam

personal communication: Cowie, Robert H.


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