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  • Hygromia (Hygromia) cinctella (Draparnaud 1801) Girdled snail
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Hygromia (Hygromia) cinctella
© Dr Roy Anderson
Hygromia (Hygromia) cinctella
© Dr Roy Anderson
Hygromia (Hygromia) cinctella
© Dr Roy Anderson

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A slightly top-shaped, depressed-globular shell with a moderate conical spire and flattened whorls with very shallow sutures. Strongly keeled at the periphery. Mouth elliptical, lacking internal rib. Umbilicus minute. Surface slightly glossy, whitish to brown, with fine, regular growth lines and a white spiral band on the keel. Recent introduction.

Key characteristics

  • A medium-sized, slightly globular, top-shaped shell
  • Whorls flattened with very shallow sutures
  • Strongly keeled on the periphery
  • Mouth elliptical, lacking internal rib
  • Umbilicus minute
  • Slightly glossy, whitish to mid brown, with fine, regular growth lines and with a white spiral band on the keel


10-12 mm.

World Distribution

A Mediterranean species, introduced to a few places in north-west Europe including sites in England, France, Switzerland and Austria. In England, mostly in the coastal south-west but spreading rapidly.

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Irish Distribution

Accidentally introduced with garden plants from a site near Bristol to a garden at Hilden near Lisburn, where it appears to be persistent. Also known from waste ground west of Cork City.


  • In Britain it is recorded from a variety of dry disturbed places including gardens, walls and roadsides

Red List status

  • Not applicable.

Wikipedia link

Wikipedia page for Hygromia cinctella

 Anderson, R., (2016). Hygromia (Hygromia) cinctella (Draparnaud 1801). [In] MolluscIreland. Accessed on 2024-06-21.