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

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