Xeropicta krynickii

Family

Hygromidae

Species

Xeropicta krynickii (Krynicki, 1833)

Common Name

Desert snail

Description

This species has a shell diameter of 12-18 mm, with 5-6 whorls. The shell has a white base color with varying shades of brown spots and bands. This glossy shell has uneven sculpturing and an open umbilicus (navel).

Native Range

Mediterranean region

Distribution

Middle East: Turkey to Jordon, Egypt, Israel

Ecology

This species prefers open habits, with little vegetation (e.g., gardens, road medians). Xeropicta krynickii may occur in vineyards and orchards where it will cause damage to the crop. This species is often inadvertently harvested with agricultural produce and is generally considered a contaminant pest. In Israel, this species often invades ornamental cropping systems in search of a place to aestivate. Shipments of these ornamental plants are often rejected by trading partners due to contamination by this species.

Synonyms

  • Xeropicta vestalis (Pfeiffer, 1841)
  • Helix vestalis Pfeiffer, 1841

References

Abbott 1989; Cowie et al. 2009; Kostyukovsky and Shaaya 2001; Moran et al. 2004

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