Endemic Snails

Snails 80cRichard Preece, in his Linnean Society journal paper “Systematic review of the land snails of the Pitcairn Islands” (1995), describes the situation in the Pitcairn Group as follows:

Snails $1.00While land snails on Oeno and Ducie are few in number, like many other atolls in the Pacific, sixteen species from seven families are known on Henderson, with over half of these being endemic. Analyses of archaeological deposits in caves near the North Beach have revealed that at least a further six species of land snail formerly occurred on Henderson.

The volcanic soils of Pitcairn itself supports the greatest number of terrestrial molluscs with twenty-six species being found during the Sir Peter Scott Commemorative Expedition in 1991-92, and a further three recognised from museum material.

Snails $1.80One Henderson endemic Georissa hendersoni and three Pitcairn endemics Pacificella filica, Sinployea pitcairnensis and Diastole tenuistriata are described as new species. Preece does comment that the Pitcairn endemics occur in a limited area of less than one hectare and how it is important that such an area is kept free of invasive plants such as the rose-apple, that could threaten the snails’ survival.

Snails $2.50Two very small endemic land snail species feature in this issue and show the colour range within each of these polymorphic species:

Snails FDC

Endemic Snails
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Technical Details

Donna McKenna, Wellington, New Zealand Pitcairn Stamps
proudly brought
to you by:
Bounty Post
Text: Denise Durkin, Wellington , New Zealand
Printer: Wyatt and Wilson Kalamazoo, Christchurch, New Zealand
Process: Offset Litho
Stamp size: 38.00 mm diameter, circular, self adhesive stamps
Sheet Format: 20 stamps per sheet, 2 x panes of 10 stamps
Perforation Gauge: Simulated perforations
Denominations: 80c; $1.00; $1.80 and $2.50
Paper: Stamp grade self adhesive paper
Period of Sale:
20 October 2010 for a period of 2 years
The Philatelic Bureau gratefully appreciates the assistance provided by Richard Preece in making this issue possible.