Virginia Land Snails
Photo(s): Triodopsis tennesseensis shell image by Dan Dourson ©, aperture view by Bill Frank ©.
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Triodopsis tennesseensis (Walker and Pilsbry, 1902)
Common name: Budded Threetooth
Width: 19-24 mm
Height: 9-11 mm
This large, depressed-globose shell is covered in regular, thin radial ridges. These ridges are accompanied by microscopic papillae. The aperture is trilobed and the lip is reflected as in Triodopsis tridentata, but the teeth are significantly smaller. The parietal tooth is slightly pointed and the umbilicus is large and open.
Triodopsis tennesseensis can be found in leaf litter and under logs on wooded hillsides (Hubricht, 1985).
Triodopsis tennesseensis has also been known as Polygyra tridentata tennesseensis and Triodopsis tridentata tennesseensis.
This animal is native to the southern Appalachians, ranging from West Virginia to Alabama. In Virginia this big threetooth is found in the southwestern counties.
NatureServe Global Rank: G4
NatureServe State Rank: S3
Virginia’s wildlife action plan: Tier IV
Meegan Winslow, Ken Hotopp 11/2012