Discus Snail - Discus rotundatus

Alternative names
Rounded Snail

The Discus Snail is a fairly small snail (5 to 7 mm) with a flattened, almost lens-shaped, tightly coiled and densely ribbed, brownish yellow-grey shell which, on close examination, can be seen to be flecked with red and has 6 or 7 whorls.

Identification difficulty

Lives in moist sheltered places making use of almost any type of cover provided by leaf litter, stones, logs, rubble, cracked brickwork etc.

When to see it

Most of the year.

Life History

Detritus and fungus feeder. Eggs are laid from February to the end of the year and hatch in ten to twelve days, gaining maturity in about one year.

UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common 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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