Help needed please to id these snails as they are not recorded at the location previously
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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.
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.
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
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
and there are a lot of these cases
Lat/Lng: 51.8605314, 1.2873734
OS grid ref: TM264231
These snails were found at the base of the cliffs at Walton-on-the-Naze. Wind blown sand had formed a mini dune environment.