Shiny Glass Snail Zonitoides (Zonitoides) nitidus


Class Gastropoda (Slugs & snails)
Order Pulmonata (Lung-bearing slugs & snails)
Family Gastrodontidae (Gloss snails)
Species Zonitoides (Zonitoides) nitidus (O. F. Müller, 1774)

Shell diameter 6-7 mm.

This snail has a dark brown shiny shell with 4-5 whorls. The body of the snail is black with a dull orange spot on the mantle.

Seen all year round in damp areas such as marshes, greenhouses and wet areas along the edges of rivers, lakes and ponds where it can be found under wood, rocks, and vegetation. Also found in damp woodland. This snail is carnivorous, and has been known to be cannibalistic. Common and widespread, though scarcer further north.

Found in local wood under loose bark, South Staffordshire August 2020. © Peter Hillman.

Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.