Virginia Land Snails



Photo(s): Views of a Paravitrea dentilla shell by Dan Dourson ©.

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Paravitrea dentilla Hubricht, 1978

Family: Pristilomatidae
Common name: Comb Supercoil

Width: 6-7 mm
Height: 3-4 mm
Whorls: 7+

Paravitrea dentilla has a somewhat transparent, shiny, pale brown shell with a very low spire. The shell is sculptured with irregular growth lines, though the nuclear whorl and the base are smooth. The open umbilicus is well-like. The aperture is short and wide, with a simple lip. Although adults are toothless, juvenile specimens may have one or more sets of 5-6 teeth, arranged close together in radial rows.

This animal may be found in leaf litter on slopes near water sources (Hubricht, 1985).

There are no synonyms.

Paravitrea dentilla is endemic to Virginia, where it has only been reported from a few counties in the westernmost part of the state.

NatureServe Global Rank: G1
NatureServe State Rank: S1
Virginia’s wildlife action plan: Tier II


Meegan Winslow 11/2012

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