Prietocella barbara

Family

Cochlicellidae

Species

Prietocella barbara (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name

Scrubsnail, Banded conical snail, Small pointed snail, Potbellied helicellid

Description

The shell of this species is generally 8-12 mm high and 5-8 mm wide, with 7-8 whorls. The shell color is also variable, ranging from off-white to grey to pale yellow. Dark-colored spots or stripes may also be present.

Native Range

Mediterranean region

Distribution

North America:

  • U.S.: may be in California (verification required)

Australasia: New Zealand, Australia

Atlantic Islands: Bermuda

South Africa

Europe: southwest Britain, Belgium, coastal areas of France

Other: Mediterranean Basin

Ecology

This snail will cause severe damage to small grain and seedling production. It is also a pest in legume-based pastures in Australia and is especially damaging to annual medics, alfalfa and clovers.

Synonyms

  • Cochlicella barbara (Linneaus, 1758)

References

Barker 2002; Hitchcox and Zimmerman 2004; Kerney et al. 1979

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