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

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