Hairy Snail - Trochulus hispidus

    Alternative names
    Trochulus sericeus
    Trichia hispida

    Shell 6 mm. The hairs on the shell wear off, but can usually be seen inside the umbilicus, which is quite well defined in this species. It is relatively flat, lacking a noticeable spire. Recent taxonomic changes have concluded that Trochulus sericeus is in fact the same species as T. hispidus.

    Similar Species

    Ashfordia granulata is the other hairy snail in the region. This has a smaller umbilicus and is more conical in shape.

    Identification difficulty
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    When to see it

    All year round

    UK Status

    Widespread and common throughout most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland 

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