Cellar Snail

Oxychilus cellarius

Summary 6

Oxychilus cellarius is a species of small air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Oxychilidae, the glass snails.

Description 7

The shell has 5.5-6 regularly increasing whorls. The last whorl is not inflated and narrower than in Oxychilus draparnaudi. The shell is nearly smooth and shiny and only very faintly striated. The umbilicus is moderately deep and open.

The width of the shell is 7-11 mm (14 mm maximum). The height of the shell is 4.5-6 mm.

The animal is usually pale bluish grey. Genitalia: Penis cylindrical without constrictions (in contrast to Oxychilus draparnaudi), rows of papillae of penis continuous without interruption (interrupted at the constriction in Oxychilus draparnaudi).

Distribution 8

Global Range: (>2,500,000 square km (greater than 1,000,000 square miles)) Native to Europe, Asia Minor, and North Africa; introduced to northeastern North America, California, Oregon, and other temperate regions of the world (Roth and Sadeghian, 2003).

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Gavin Kingsley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2897/13979420765_a5590f1911_o.jpg
  2. (c) Michal Maňas (snek01), some rights reserved (CC BY), https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/06/Oxychilus_cellarius_top.jpg
  3. (c) Michal Maňas (snek01), some rights reserved (CC BY), https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Oxychilus_cellarius_bottom.jpg
  4. (c) Femorale, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.femorale.com/shellphotos/detail.asp?species=Oxychilus%20cellarius%20(Muller,%201774)
  5. (c) Neil Fahy, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Ken-ichi Ueda, http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/1840329
  6. Adapted by Ken-ichi Ueda from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxychilus_cellarius
  7. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxychilus_cellarius
  8. (c) NatureServe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://eol.org/data_objects/28942127

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