Toothless Chrysalis Snail - Columella edentula

    Alternative names
    Chrysalis Snail

    A very small, cylindrical, yellow-brown to brown shell: 2.5-3mm. The aperture lacks teeth and the shell has faint, irregular growth lines.

    Similar Species

    Similar to C. aspera which has a shell which is slightly broader and shorter and with more pronounced shell sculpture showing more pronounced regular growth lines.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • 2.5-3.0 mm
    • brown, nearly cylindrical shell
    • faint, irregular growth lines
    • no teeth in the aperture
    Recording advice

     Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Widespread in dampish areas such as marshes and woods, particularly in eutrophic sites. It frequently climbs up vegetation.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread and quite frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon or under-recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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