Virginia Land Snails

Photo(s): Zonitoides elliotti by Bill Frank ©.

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Zonitoides elliotti (Redfield, 1856)

Family: Gastrodontidae
Common name: Green Dome

Width: 7.5-9.0 mm
Height: 4.0-4.9 mm
Whorls: 5+

This snail has a subglobose shell with frequent radial striations, and is unusual for its greenish tint. The lip is slightly depressed and oval-shaped, with a basal callus on the columellar side. The umbilicus is narrow. Z. elliotti animal is very light-colored.

Zonitoides elliotti is an animal of forest slopes and ravines, sometimes found in colonies on logs (Hubricht, 1985; Pilsbry, 1946).

Synonyms for Z. elliotti are Helix elliotti and Zonites elliotti.

This species is endemic to the southern Appalachian Mountains, found from West Virginia to northern Georgia and Alabama (Hubricht, 1985). In Virginia it is known only from a few western counties.

NatureServe Global Rank: G4
NatureServe State Rank: S2S4


Ken Hotopp 2/2013

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