Partula tohiveana
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The holy mountain Partula

Partula tohiveana

This sinistral species was found only at high altitudes around on mountain on Moorea, in French Polynesia. It included P. olympia which was found on the mountain supposed to be the home of the gods in Polynesian mythology, Henry Crampton named it olympia in reference to the more famous mountain home of the Ancient Greek gods. The olympia populations appear to have been specialist feeders on fungus and is now extinct. The tohiveana form is extinct in the wild but still survives in captivity.

Other research on Partula

  • Taxonomy - how many species are there and how are they related
  • Status
  • Compiled by Justin Gerlach: contact

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