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Observed: 21st June 2013 By: the naturalist man
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Whitby BioBlitz Snail
Description:

Yellow, unbanded snail

Identifications
  •  
    Likely ID
    banded/white-lipped snail (Cepaea sp.)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

stevegregory's picture

'Banded Snail' is another

'Banded Snail' is another name for Cepaea species. Both brown and white lipped display the same polymorphic shell colours/bands. Yours is possibly C.hortensis, but I'm not certain enough to enter an alternative ID.

Steve

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Snails

I tend to think of banded refering to C. nemoralis and white-lipped as C. hortensis as I do simple environmental genetics investigations with A level students using C. nemoralis. I've often wondered whether you could use C.hortensis instead and you've possibly answered that for me.

Graham Banwell

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'hum-bug snails'

Hi Graham

I've always called them 'hum-bug snails' but a name wasted on the younger generation. Yes, both very polymorphic, and even the lip can be the wrong colour too! (But who ever dissects out love-darts to check the species?). If you are sampling immmatures of either/both species in a population you'll never know which species you're sampling anyway.

All the best, Steve
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