Eobania vermiculata

Family

Helicidae

Species

Eobania vermiculata (Muller, 1774)

Common Name

Chocolate-band snail

Description

This snail's shell is whitish (with yellow to grey-brown tinge) in color with four or five chestnut-brown to chocolate stripes that are more or less spotted or speckled with white. Albino variants do exist (i.e. they do not have stripes). The peristome is also white. The thick-walled shell of this species has 5-6 whorls and may attain a height of 14-27 mm and a diameter of 22-30 mm although specimens have been reported to measure 35 mm. The umbilicus (navel) is inconspicuous.

Native Range

Mediterranean region

Distribution

North America:

  • U.S.

Other: Mediterranean region

Ecology

This species inhabits fields, gardens and vineyards. During the day, the animal aestivates on vertical structures (e.g., trees, palms, bushes, fences).

Synonyms

  • Helix vermiculata Muller, 1774

References

Cowie et al. 2009; Pilsbry 1939; Kerney et al. 1979; Yildirim et al. 2004

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