Virginia Land Snails



Photo(s): Shell views of Punctum blandianum by Dan Dourson ©.

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Punctum blandianum Pilsbry, 1900

Family: Punctidae
Common name: Brown Spot

Width: ≈1.1-1.3 mm
Height: ≈0.7 mm
Whorls: 4+

The shell of Punctum blandianum has a low conoidal spire and is pale brown (Pilsbry, 1948). It is thin-lipped, with a bowl-like umbilicus. The shell is sculptured with fine ribs. In many respects it is similar to P. minutissimum, but its shell is relatively lower, its umbilicus slightly wider, and its aperture slightly smaller.

Punctum blandianum is found in damp leaf litter in forests. In dolomite valleys within its range it displaces P. minutissimum (Pilsbry, 1948).

This animal is endemic to the southern Appalachian Mountains, found in a half-dozen states from West Virginia to Alabama. In Virginia it is reported in several southwestern counties. Its name has no synonyms.

NatureServe Global Rank: G4
NatureServe State Rank: S2S4


Ken Hotopp 1/2013



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