Oahu Tree Snails

At the beginning of this year, Achatinella apexfulva, a species of Oahu tree snail, went extinct. This is not the first and unfortunately, it will not be the last. This species has likely been gone from native habitats since before 2004. When something is no longer found in the wild like this, it’s called functionally extinct. At one point, there were 41 species of Oahu tree snails, but now it’s thought 6 to 7 remain. In this painting, I’m showing the shells of multiple species of Oahu tree snail. The largest one in the center is of A. apexfulva and was modeled after Lonesome George, who was the last individual of this species. Let’s move on to why this extinction matters and why snails are

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