MolluscIreland - land and freshwater
  • Euconulus (Euconulus) cf. fulvus (O. F. Müller 1774)
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Euconulus (Euconulus) cf. fulvus
© Dr Roy Anderson

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A slightly larger shell than Euconulus cf. alderi and paler, less glossy, almost silky. Spiral striae on the base are faint. Animal usually pale grey. Found in a variety of habitats but mainly woods.

Key characteristics

  • A small top-shaped, yellow-brown shell
  • Surface dull, silky
  • Animal grey, sometimes dark on the back but never on the mantle (i.e. showing through the shell)
  • Size larger on average than E. cf. alderi

Size

2.8-3.5 mm.

World Distribution

Found throughout Europe north to the Arctic Circle and eastwards through Eurasia to the Pacific. Also in North America. Distribution type: Circumpolar Wide-temperate (66).

Irish Distribution

Ubiquitous in damp, sheltered places across the island.

Ecology

  • Prefers shaded places and tends to occur mainly in woodland, where it lives on fallen twigs and in leaf litter
  • A range of habitats may be occupied, from fairly wet to dry and from calcareous to distinctly acid, as under conifers
  • Less common in open habitats but occurs occasionally in fens and marshes with E. cf. alderi

Taxonomy

See under Euconulus cf. alderi.

Red List status

  • Least concern (lc)..

Wikipedia link

Wikipedia page for Euconulus fulvus

 Anderson, R., (2016). Euconulus (Euconulus) cf. fulvus (O. F. Müller 1774). [In] MolluscIreland.
http://www.habitas.org.uk/molluscireland/species.asp?ID=83 Accessed on 2017-12-13.