Smooth Grass Snail - Vallonia pulchella agg.


A very small snail (2mm) with a pale white or cream shell. It is flattened with a large umbilicus and a prominent lip around the mouth. Most older records and treated as an aggregate with Vallonia excentrica.

Similar Species

It is very similar to Vallonia excentrica and the two species were only separated relatively recently. V. pulchella is more rounded and with a less flared lip.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • small (c2mm) white, rounded shell
  • rounded mouth with thickened lip
  • lip makes a sharp angle where it joins the main shell

Damp, open habitats, including wetlands and ditches.

When to see it

All year.

UK Status

Local and uncommon.

VC55 Status

Rare or under-recorded.

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

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