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Sandhill Snail

Observed: 10th November 2011 By: Peter PearsonPeter Pearson’s reputation in InvertebratesPeter Pearson’s reputation in InvertebratesPeter Pearson’s reputation in InvertebratesPeter Pearson’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Help needed please to id these snails as they are not recorded at the location previously

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Major Bombylius's picture

They might be Cernuella

They might be Cernuella virgata but possibly could be Theba pisana. I think you would need a view of the umbilicus on the underside to be sure. I think both can be found in sandy habitats.

Peter Pearson's picture

Snail Ident

Thanks for the above M.B., I have a shell collected from the site which I have not had time to photograph as yet. However examining the illustrations on various websites I feel confident that they are infact Cernuella virgata.

Peter Pearson's picture

Sandhill snail

I understand that names change as a result of placing creatures in new groupings but why the bracketed name in the middle it seems very confusing

martinjohnbishop's picture

Subgenera

These are the system provided names.
I did not type this in myself.
It seems best to use the names provided to make sure they are standard.

I agree it would be better to do without
especially when there is no other UK subgenus as in this case.

The checklist used by the Conchological society is here
http://www.conchsoc.org/recording/checklist.php
and there are a lot of these cases