Marsh Snail agg. - Stagnicola palustris/fuscus/corvus agg.


Length 20 to 25 mm. Three species Stagnicola palustris, S. fuscus and S. corvus 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 species in the genus, 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. S. fuscus/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 in much of Britain except in Northern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under-recorded 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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