Hygromia cinctella

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Hygromia cinctella
Hygromia cinctella.jpg
A live individual of Hygromia cinctella, withdrawn into its shell
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra
Superfamily: Helicoidea
Family: Hygromiidae
Genus: Hygromia
Species: H. cinctella
Binomial name
Hygromia cinctella
(Draparnaud, 1801)

Hygromia cinctella, known commonly as the girdled snail, is a small European species of air-breathing land snail in the terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk family Hygromiidae.


For terms see gastropod shell

The 6-7 x 10-12 mm. shell has 5-6 flattened whorls with shallow suture.The last whorl is sharply keeled. The keel has a white edge. The aperture is simple without a lip inside.The umbilicus is very narrow and almost covered by the reflected columellar margin.The shell is whitish grey to horny brown, slightly translucent, finely and rather regularly striated.The animal is light greyish or with a yellowish hue, often with darker greyish or brownish head and tentacles.

Variation: In Sicily colour morphs include green and yellow and reddish also with colour bands.


This snail is native to various European countries, including[1] France, Switzerland, Italy, and Slovenia. It has been introduced and became established in Great Britain, Austria, and Hungary.[1]


This species creates and uses love darts in its mating behavior.

Love dart of H. cinctella


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