The ridged Partula lirata
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The ridged Partula

Partula lirata

Partula lirata is probably the most atypical Partula with prominent ridges spiralling round the shell. This species is found on the small islands of the Fiji group. It was reasonably plentiful in the past but its current status is not known. It is an intriguing species, firstly because it looks unlike all other Partula (another Fijian species, P. lanceolata is the same shape, but lacks the ridges), and secondly because it is anatomically odd. Revisions of the family based on anatomy have placed it in Partula and Eua. It might appear to be the link between these two genera but the latests molecular phylogeny shows that it is a true Partula.

Other research on Partula

  • Taxonomy - how many species are there and how are they related
  • Status
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