Tawny Glass Snail - Euconulus fulvus


    This small, conical snail grows to around 3.5mm wide and as the common name suggests it is a tawny brown colour but with a partly transparent shell. The aperture is crescent-shaped and there is no imbilicus. The body of the live snail is pale, distinguishing it from Euconulus alderi which has a dark body.

    Similar Species

    Euconuls alderi shell is virtually indistinguishable but the live snail has a dark body in contrast to the pale body of E. fulvus.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • up to 3.5mm wide
    • conical
    • crescent-shaped aperture
    • pale body
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


    Woodlands, usually in leaf litter or under logs.

    When to see it

    All year

    UK Status

    Common and widespread

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon but probably under-recorded.

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