Virginia Land Snails


Photo(s): Catinella oklahomarum shell by Dan Dourson ©.

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Catinella oklahomarum (Webb, 1953)

Family: Succineidae
Common name: Detritus Ambersnail

Width: 4-5 mm
Height: 6-8 mm
Whorls: 2.75+

Catinella oklahomarum has a yellowish, somewhat translucent shell with a wide aperture and deep sutures. It is proportionally longer than the shell of C. hubrichti, and marked with uneven growth lines. The shell is wider than that of C. vermeta, with a proportionally shorter spire and longer aperture (Grimm, 1960).

This snail prefers to live in small numbers under leaf litter on acid soil. It is a denizen of open pine woods near the east coast. It can also be found sparsely in hilly forests further inland (Hubricht, 1985) and is associated with greenbriar, honeysuckle, and prickly pear (Grimm, 1960).

Catinella oklahomarum has also been known as Catinella pinicola, C. vagans, and Quickella oklahomarum.

Catinella oklahomarum is widespread in the southeastern United States. It ranges from Oklahoma in the west to Maryland in the northeast and Florida in the southeast. In Virginia it is reported from the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay and scattered western counties.

NatureServe Global Rank: G5
NatureServe State Rank: S3S4


Meegan Winslow, Ken Hotopp 9/2012


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