Valve Snail - Valvata piscinalis

    Alternative names
    Common Valve Snail

    Size 3.5 to 5 mm x 4 to 6 mm - almost globular. Shell whitish yellow to greenish grey or brown, with narrow umbilicus, aperture almost circular, slightly angled. The animal itself is a dull yellow colour with long, almost transparent tentacles.

    Identification difficulty

    Clear stillwaters or in slowly moving water bodies.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Feeds on detritus.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent, or possibly under recorded, in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map