Common Whorl Snail - Vertigo pygmaea

Alternative names
Crested Vertigo

This is a very small species the shell being about 2 mm in length. It is mid brown in colour with 4 to 7 fairly prominent teeth. The shell surface is dull to slightly glossy and often quite silky in appearance. Typically there is a bulge in the shell behind the mouth lip.

Identification difficulty

Found in damp pastures and at the margins of wetlands at low altitude.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent over much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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