Garlic Snail

Oxychilus alliarius

Summary 3

Oxychilus alliarius, common name the "garlic snail" or "garlic glass-snail", is a species of small air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Oxychilidae, the glass snails.

Description 4

For explanation of terms used see article gastropod shell.

The 3.5-4 x 5-7 mm shell has 4-4.5 slightly convex whorls. The last whorl is often weakly descending near aperture. The whorls from whorl 3 onwards are more narrowly coiled than in O. cellarius, the last whorl descending lower. The umbilicus is wide (1/6 of diameter). The shell is smooth, shiny, weakly reddish to greenish brown. The animal is blackish blue. Anatomy: The internal ornamentation of the proximal penis consisting of not more than four longitudinal pleats, usually straight, sometimes slightly wavy, but never laterally branched or papillate.

Habitat 5

Habitat Type: Terrestrial

Comments: On the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on Hawaii, this species was found in large numbers in the leaf litter, on mossy rocks, fallen bark of trees, and under rocks. Live specimens were often found eating fallen 'banana poka' (Passiflora mollissima) fruits on the ground (Howarth et al., 2003).

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Slug or snail snail
Establishment introduced