Virginia Land Snails
Photo(s): Views of a Vallonia excentrica shell by Larry Watrous ©.
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Vallonia excentrica Sterki, 1893
Common name: Iroquois Vallonia
Width: 2.3 mm
Height: 1.1 mm
Vallonia excentrica is found often in grassy places such as meadows or along roadsides and lawns, frequently accompanied by V. pulchella. This species is holarctic, found around the world at high latitudes (Kerney & Cameron, 1979; Hubricht, 1985), though other authors suggest its presence in anthropogenic habitats makes it a likely introduction in eastern North America (Nylander, 1936; Nekola, 2008).
A synonym for V. excentrica is V. pulchella var. excentricoides.
The range of this species in eastern North America runs from the Northeast to the central Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic states, including coastal areas. It has been found scattered throughout various parts of Virginia. Pilsbry (1946-48) reports presumably introduced specimens from California, Oregon, and Mexico.
NatureServe Global Rank: G5
NatureServe State Rank: S4
Ken Hotopp, Greg Kimber 11/2012Range Map