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


Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Silky Snail
Species group:
Slugs & Snails
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
27/07/1987 (Rundle, Adrian)
Last record:
31/03/2021 (Nicholls, David)

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