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White-lipped Snail, Cepaea hortensis

Observed: 10th August 2012 By: rod williamsrod williams’s reputation in Invertebratesrod williams’s reputation in Invertebratesrod williams’s reputation in Invertebratesrod williams’s reputation in Invertebrates
White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis)  Yellow colour variation  Lewisham,London  August 2012

Yellow colour variation

    Likely ID
    a banded snail (Cepaea)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


markwilson's picture


I agree - why not put your id in yourself

rod williams's picture

ID confirmation

Hi Mark
I've been asked this question several times. I'm slightly embarrassed to confess that I'm still not actually sure how to do so!

markwilson's picture


Go to add an identification (you must be logged on)

Put in Cepaea hortensis into the scientific name section (it will come up with suggestions as you type in) go to the"how sure are you" section and make choice in this case possibly "as sure as I ca be" then go to "get recommended" it will come up with the accepted common name.

If you want to add any id notes put them in the section (not essential but can be helpful to others trying to learn)

then hit "add revision"

It might ask you if you want to preview

if you do this you must press "save" afterwards to make sure record received



rod williams's picture


Many thanks, Mark. I do tend to struggle with things like this. What slightly puzzles me is that when I get my original caption wrong, (frequently,) it stays in place even after someone has identified it as such and offered a revised ID.

Alurophile's picture


This is a very pretty photo but how can you tell it is C. hortensis not C. nemoralis? The lip of the shell still looks semi-transparent & flexible to me, which is typical of both juveniles.

rod williams's picture

White-lipped or Brown-lipped

I'm afraid I adopted Holmesian principles - I read that there is a yellow colour variation of White-lipped, and in my (admittedly fairly brief) experience I have yet to come across Brown-lipped in my area. (Assuming this isn't one!)