Plaited Door Snail - Cochlodina laminata

Description

Up to 18mm long with a red-brown barrel shaped but strongly tapering shell. The aperture is pear-shaped with strong parietal and columellar lamellae.

Similar Species

The commonly found Clausilia bidentata is a similar shape but generally smaller with deeper and more prominent striations on its shell. It is generally less glossy and brown to grey in colour.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Old, established woodlands

When to see it

All year.

Life History

The snail is often found on tree trunks where it feeds on algae and other vegetation. Usually seen ascending the trunks of smooth-boled trees after rain.

UK Status

Relatively common and widespread in the south of the UK.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under-recorded in VC55.

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