Virginia Land Snails



Photo(s): Views of a Discus bryanti shell from Pilsbry (1939), with permission of Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

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Discus bryanti (Harper, 1881)

Family: Discidae
Common name: Saw-tooth Disc

Width: 5.5 – 6.0 mm
Height: 2.0 mm
Whorls: 5

The shell of Discus bryanti has a relatively flat apex with a widely open umbilicus, making it easy to count the whorls by looking at the underside. The shell is bicarinate, meaning that both the bottom and the top of the whorl are angled, with almost square edges, though the top is more sharply angled than the bottom. Heavy radial ribbing covers the top and bottom of the shell, but these are less defined along the flattened edge.

According to Pilsbry, the live animal is pale bluish white and is usually found singly, rather than in groups. The embryonic whorl of this species is unique in starting out smooth but quickly developing radial groves overlain by striae (MacMillan, 1940).

Discus bryanti has been found in and under rotting logs (Pilsbry, 1948), but also in leaf litter in rocky upland woods (Hubricht, 1985).

Synonyms for D. bryanti are Discus perspectiva var. carinata, Gonyodiscus bryanti and Patula byranti.

This species is reported from Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee. It is not clear if it is found in Virginia (NatureServe, 2012).

NatureServe Global Rank: G3
NatureServe State Rank: This species is not ranked in the state of Virginia.


Greg Kimber, Ken Hotopp 7/2012

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