Glossiphonia heteroclita

Alternative names
Small Snail-leech

Leech with six eyes. It is a pale yellowish in colour, and is associated with aquatic snails.

Identification difficulty
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More often found in hard water than in soft, and is rarely found in running water.

When to see it

Summer and autumn.

Life History

Believed to feed on Gastropods, and thought to spend much of the winter period in the mantle of certain snails.

UK Status

Widespread in 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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