Pfeiffer's Amber Snail - Oxyloma elegans

    Alternative names
    Slender Amber Snail, Succinea pfeifferi

    Size about 15 mm. The thin and translucent shell, with an elongated shape, shows three whorls. The last one is about three quarter of the total size. The general colour varies from pale yellow to dark brown. The aperture is large and oval-shaped. Like other members of this family, the Slender Amber Snail's body cannot totally enter inside the shell. The body is rather dark and shows many black dots on the back.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually near to water. Found on vegetation of very damp areas, marshes, water meadows, pond banks, etc and even on floating plants.

    When to see it

    Late spring until autumn.

    Life History

    Cross-fertilizing hermaphrodite. The eggs are laid in water.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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