Silky Snail - Ashfordia granulata


    One of two snails in VC55 that are hairy as adults (several species have hairs as juveniles). It is around 8mm and more rounded and conical than Trochulus hispidus with a noticeable spire. It has a small umbilicus which is partially obscured by the columellar lip.

    Similar Species

    The other hairy snail is Trochulus hispidus which is flatter and also has a larger umbilicus.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • up to 9mm
    • rather globular
    • densely hairy (when fresh)
    • small umbilicus, partly obscured by the lip
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, photo evidence is required showing the umbilicus and other aspects. In the comments box, describe the size and identifying characters.


    Damp, shady places.

    When to see it

    All year.

    UK Status

    Relatively common and widespread.

    VC55 Status


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