Trochulus hispidus

Family

Hygromiidae

Species

Trochulus hispidus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name

Hairy snail

Description

The shell of this small snail is 4-6 mm high and 5-12 mm wide, with 6-7 whorls. The slightly translucent shell is tan to brown. It is also covered with a dense mat of short, curved hairs. The hairs may be absent in vacant shells (due to abrasion); however, hairs will remain attached and visible in the open umbilicus (navel). The body of the animal is tan to grey-black.

Native Range

Europe

Distribution

North America: Canada

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

Ecology

This species can occur in a wide variety of habitats.

Synonyms

  • Trichia hispida

References

Anderson 2005; Kerney at al. 1979

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