MolluscIreland - land and freshwater
  • Punctum (Punctum) pygmaeum (Draparnaud 1801) Dwarf snail
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Punctum (Punctum) pygmaeum
© Dr Roy Anderson
Punctum (Punctum) pygmaeum
© Dr Roy Anderson

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A tiny red-brown flattened shell with fine, close, growth lines creating a matt sheen. Umbilicus open and wide. Widespread in wet places.

Key characteristics

  • Shell tiny, flattened, with a low spire
  • Surface reddish-brown, with fine, close, growth lines creating a matt sheen
  • Umbilicus open and wide

Size

1.2-1.5 mm wide.

World Distribution

Found throughout Europe and across Siberia. Distribution type: Eurasian Wide-temperate (65).

Irish Distribution

Widespread and generally common.

Ecology

  • Common in wet unimproved pasture and in the margins of wetlands
  • Also in wet woodland
  • Where acidic ground conditions occur it is usually restricted to woodland habitats

Red List status

  • Least concern (lc).

Wikipedia link

Wikipedia page for Punctum pygmaeum

 Anderson, R., (2016). Punctum (Punctum) pygmaeum (Draparnaud 1801). [In] MolluscIreland.
http://www.habitas.org.uk/molluscireland/species.asp?ID=147 Accessed on 2017-10-23.