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Title: Land Snails from Mothe, Lakemba, and Karoni Islands, Lau Archipelago, Fiji
Authors: Solem, Alan
Issue Date: Jan-1978
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Solem A. 1978. Land snails from Mothe, Lakemba, and Karoni Islands, Lau Archipelago, Fiji. Pac Sci 32(1): 39-45.
Abstract: Land snails sorted from bagged leaf litter on Karoni, Lakemba,
and Mothe Islands in the Lau Archipelago of Fiji numbered 35 species. Literature
and Field Museum of Natural History collection records add four others
for a total of39 species. There are now 13 recorded from Mothe, 20 from Karoni,
and 22 from Lakemba. Nine of these taxa are introductions from outside the
Pacific basin, dating from European commercial activities; three probably
were introduced by Polynesian voyagers; and 27 probably are endemic to
Lau. Many of the latter belong to widely distributed Pacific basin species
complexes and cannot be assigned a specific name with certainty, but several
are restricted to just one or two islands in Lau. The diversity of species on each
island does not follow the species-area curve.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 32, Number 1, 1978

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