Columella aspera


This tiny snail is only 2mm high and 1.3mm across. It is very similar to C. edentula but relatively more squat and tapering. The brown shell is more or less opaque with faint, irregular growth ridges giving it a rough surface. The mouth is nearly round and without any teeth in the aperture.

Similar Species

Columella edentula is slightly taller, often with an extra whorl, and has smoother, fainter and more regular striations on the shell.

Identification difficulty

Coniferous and deciduous woodland, poor acid grassland and typically in dryer and less calcareous habitats that C. edentula.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread but uncommon in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare or under-recorded.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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