Wrinkled Snail - Xeroplexa intersecta

    Alternative names
    Candidula intersecta

    7-13mm diameter. Whitish, or yellowish white, shell marked with darker bands and spots. It has a large and deep umbilicus and has rough striations on the shell.

    Similar Species

    Candidula gigaxi is a similar size and with similar markings but the whorls form more of a stepped profile.

    Banded forms of Candidula may also be confused with Cernuella virgata, but Cernuella is almost globular in shape whereas Candidula is relatively flattened in comparison.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • 7-13mm
    • pale shell with dark mottling
    • large and deep umbilicus
    • rough striations on the shell
    Recording advice

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    Dry habitats, often in dunes and calcareous grassland. Often in exposed places.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and found mainly at calcareous sites of Rutland.

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