Cochlicopa lubrica




Cochlicopa lubrica (Muller, 1774)

Common Name

Glossy pillar


This glossy shell ranges in length from 5.2-7 mm and is about 2.7 mm wide, with 5.5-6 whorls. The shell is off-white to brown in color and the body of the animal is dark blue-black. The tip of the lip of the shell may have a purplish tinge.

Native Range



North America:

  • U.S.: Alaska, California, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
  • Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland

Europe: Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Great Britain, Ireland

Asia: Sri Lanka

Australasia: New Zealand


The glossy snail inhabits forests, riverbanks and grassy areas in close proximity to human dwellings.


  • Cionella columna Clessin, 1875
  • Bulimus nitidissimus Krynicki, 1833
  • Cionella lubrica
  • Helix lubrica Muller, 1774


Anderson 2005; Georgiev 2008; Kantor et al. 2009; Kerney et al. 1979; Naggs et al. 2003; Perez and Cordeiro 2008; Quick 1954

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