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Flat Periwinkle geometry

Observed: 14th May 2013 By: dejayM
Biological Recording In ScotlandHighland Biological Recording GroupOrkney Biodiversity Records Centre
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fine shell
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Trying to convince myself..
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In the geometry pictures the comparison is with the common Flat Periwinkle (L.obtusata)
See - old name is L.mariae
Picture two also shows L.obtustata and L.saxatalis

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your samples do seem quite

your samples do seem quite different , I recently spent a day looking at these (and other molluscs) down at Looe in Cornwall and we looked for the geometric differences and found some variation but nothing this clear!

Trudy Russell
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Natural England

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leading lines

It's nice of you to come here Trudy (and give an agreement).
Mud though, isn't it.
I have a leading book - let's name it - Collins Pocket Guide (Hayward, Smith, Shields) the illustration on P189 should clinch it! Does it?
I think the separation of L.obtusata from L.fabalis is more to do with shell thickness, the top-whorl closeness and angle-to-apex line.
JoC may have nailed it here
And this is the best illustration I have seen
(by far) (old name) It is from THE leading book.