Whirlpool Ramshorn - Anisus vortex

    Alternative names
    Planorbis vortex

    Shell size: 7-10mm. This is a small snail is usually pale brown with 6 to 7 tightly coiled whorls. The shell is very thin and flat with a sharp keel at one edge and the outer shell wall noticeably angled away from this keel.

    Identification difficulty

    Freshwater ponds and streams with vegetation.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in England, less well recorded in Scotland and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map