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  • Candidula intersecta (Poiret 1801) Wrinkled snail
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Candidula intersecta
© Dr Roy Anderson
Candidula intersecta
© Dr Roy Anderson

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A slightly globular, strongly depressed shell of 5-6 whorls. Whorls convex with shallow sutures, slightly angled at the periphery. Umbilicus moderately wide. Mouth nearly circular with a white internal rib and with joined to the preceding whorl at an obtuse angle. Surface white to yellow-brown, opaque with strong, irregular radial ribbing and marked with dark spiral bands and blotches. Widespread in dry pasture and dunes.

Key characteristics

  • A slightly globular, strongly depressed shell of 5-6 whorls
  • Whorls convex with shallow sutures
  • Shell moderately strong, opaque, coloured white to yellow-brown with dark spiral bands and blotches
  • Whorls slightly shouldered often with a pale streak along the periphery
  • Mouth nearly circular, meeting the next whorl at an obtuse angle
  • Surface with strong regular radial ribbing


7-12 mm.

World Distribution

The natural range of this species is Mediterranean and it is an early introduction to northern Europe, where it occurs mainly in countries bordering the North Sea.

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Irish Distribution

Common on the southern part of the central plain but elsewhere (and off the limestone) exclusively coastal, in dunes etc.


  • A xerothermic species requiring dry, fairly warm conditions
  • Found widely on coastal dunes, also on dry field margins, waste places and quarries inland

Red List status

  • Least concern (lc).

Wikipedia link

Wikipedia page for Candidula intersecta

 Anderson, R., (2016). Candidula intersecta (Poiret 1801). [In] MolluscIreland. Accessed on 2024-03-03.