Marsh Snail agg. - Lymnaea palustris/fusca agg.


    Length 20 to 25 mm. Two species Lymnaea palustris and Lymnaea fusca have now been recognised that can only be separated by dissection so they are usually treated as an aggregate. They have  a thicker shell than other Lymnaea species with striations running longitudinally across its length.

    Similar Species

    Lymnaea stagnalis is the other large 'conical' pond snail to be encountered but it can be distinguished by its sharper and more elongated spire and by its body whorl (the largest next to the mouth) being broader such that the outline is slightly concave. L. fusca/palustris an almost straight edge profile.

    Identification difficulty

    Found in marshes and temporary pools that can dry up.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in much of Britain except in Northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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