Assiminea grayana

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Assiminea grayana
Assiminea grayana-Nl2.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda

clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha

Superfamily: Rissooidea
Family: Assimineidae
Genus: Assiminea
Species: A. grayana
Binomial name
Assiminea grayana
Fleming, 1828

Assiminea grayana, common name the "dun sentinel", is a species of very small (4-6 mm.) salt marsh snail, a terrestrial (or marine gastropod mollusk in the family Assimineidae.


This species lives in habitats that are intermediate between land and saltwater: in estuaries and salt marshes, at, or right above, the high tide level. [1]


The 5 mm high x 3 mm. wide shell is semi-transparent and conical, with six or seven flat-sided or slightly swollen whorls and a sharp apex. It bears fine irregular growth lines and faint spiral lines but appears smooth . The oval or ear-shaped aperture is small and has a thickened peristome. The inner lip is reflexed over the base of the last whorl.There is no umbilicus.The colour is horn or tan, often with a broad reddish band on the last whorl.


This small snail lives in Western Europe, primarily on the southern part of the North Sea coasts, in countries and islands including:


  1. ^ Kerney, Michael, 1999, Atlas of the land and freshwater molluscs of Britain and Ireland, Harley Books, Colchester, England, ISBN 0-946589-48-8.

External links[edit]

Assiminea grayana at Animalbase