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
Recording advice

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

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