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Aegopinella nitidula (Draparnaud, 1805)
Waxy Glass Snail
Family: Oxychilidae
Species account author: Robert Forsyth.
Photo of species

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Distribution of Aegopinella nitidula in British Columbia
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This introduced species of land snail is found in BC only in the Metro Vancouver area.

Species Information


Aegopinella nitidula differs from species of Oxychilus by the presence of microscopic spiral striae. Also, there is a somewhat more opaque, whitish area around the slightly larger umbilicus.


Small (maximum width, 8-10 mm), disc-shaped, dull brownish with the area around the umbilicus more opaque and whitish; growth lines and close, microscropic spiral lines.


Body dark grey, slightly bluish dorsally, paler on the sides, and with a pale sole. No garlic-like odour when irritated.


Here in BC, in gardens and city parks (Forsyth et al. 2001, Forsyth 2004, Forsyth and Williston 2012).


Global distribution:

Western Europe.

BC Distribution:

Introduced; known from Metro Vancouver (Vancouver City and Burnaby).


This species, and others in the genus, were long placed in the genus Retinella.



Genus name derived from Aegopis, another genus of European snails, with the Latin diminutive ending, "ella". Species epithet Latin, "shiny" or "polished".

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
ExoticSNAExoticNot Listed
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Additional Notes

Further Reading:

Forsyth, Robert G. 2004. Land Snails of British Columbia. Handbook. Royal BC Museum, Victoria. 188 pp.

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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-05-24 10:43:58 AM]
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