MolluscIreland - land and freshwater
  • Cochlicopa cf. lubricella (Rossmässler 1834) Lesser moss snail
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Cochlicopa cf. lubricella
© Dr Roy Anderson

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Very similar to C. lubrica but smaller and more slender with relatively flattened whorls and shallower sutures. Colour more often whitish, slightly duller and less glossy.

Key characteristics

  • A small, moderately shining, pale brown shell often with whitish patches
  • Smooth but not so slippery as C. lubrica
  • Shell relatively narrow with flatter whorls and shallower sutures than C. lubrica


4.5-6.7 mm.

World Distribution

As for Cochlicopa lubrica. Distribution type: Circumpolar Wide Temperate (66).

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Irish Distribution

Widespread and probably not uncommon, but much more associated with dry or base-rich habitats than C. lubrica. In northern and western areas mainly near or on the coast.


  • This morphospecies (see comments on taxonomy) is more restricted to dry, warm habitats that C. lubrica
  • Mainly in dry pastures in limestone areas and in sand dunes on the coast


A very similar shell but narrower and smaller than C. lubrica with which it appears to intergrade morphologically in places. It is therefore interesting that it can exist in central Europe as two distinct morphotypes, one narrow and small, the other larger and more globular like C. lubrica. (Armbruster, 1997). This makes separation of the species uncertain for field malacologists, hence the use of the term 'cf.' in their names.

Red List status

  • Least concern (lc).

Wikipedia link

Wikipedia page for Cochlicopa lubricella

 Anderson, R., (2016). Cochlicopa cf. lubricella (Rossmässler 1834). [In] MolluscIreland. Accessed on 2024-03-02.