APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that is found in the coastal waters
and rockpools of south-west England. Images by David Fenwick.

Marine Snails Images (Gastropoda and Scaphopoda)
UK recorded non-native species or non-native invasive species are included within the main list species. Foreign shells, where included, have their own section below the main list of UK recorded species.

Patellogastropoda

Limpets and Tortoise shell limpets
- Superfamilies Lottioidea and Patelloidea

Vetigastropoda

Green ormer - Superfamily Haliotoidea
Keyhole and Slit limpets - Superfamily Fissurelloidea
Top-shells - Superfamily Trochoidea
Pheasant shells - Superfamily Phasianelloidea
Slit shells - Superfamily Scissurelloidea
Cyclostremes - Superfamily Angarioidea - no UK species

Caenogastropoda (Order Littorinimorpha)

Slipper limpets and Chinaman's hats
- Superfamily Calyptraeoidea

Nutmeg shells - Superfamily Cancellarioidea
Bonnet shells and Hairysnails - Superfamily Capuloidea
Eatonina - Superfamily Cingulopsoidea
Periwinkles and Chink shells - Superfamily Littorinoidea
Necklace shells - Superfamily Naticoidea
Sea Butterfly - Superfamily Pterotracheoidea
Spire shells and Weedsnails
- Superfamily Rissooidea > Family Rissoidae

Lagoon, Blind and Looping snails
- Superfamily Truncatelloidea

Pelican's-foot shells - Superfamily Stromboidea
Triton and Tun shells - Superfamily Tonnoidea
Cowries and Velutinids - Superfamily Velutinoidea
Worm shells - Superfamily Vermetoidea

Caenogastropoda (Order Neogastropoda)

Whelks and Dog whelks - Superfamily Buccinoidea
Raphitomas and other Whelks - Superfamily Conoidea
Dog whelks and Sting winkles - Superfamily Muricoidea
Simnia - Superfamily Cypraeoidea

Caenogastropoda (Order Unassigned)

Bittium, Turritella, Epitonium, Janthina, Vitrolina, and Cerithiopsis (Needle whelks, Tower shells, Violet snails, Wentletraps and others)

Heterobranchia (Pulmonata)

Auriculinella, Myosotella and Otina (White, Mouse-eared snails and Little-ear shell)

Heterobranchia (Unassigned)

Omalogyrids, Pyramidellids and Rissoellids - (Superfamilies Omalogyroidea, Pyramidelloidea and Rissoelloidea)

Neritimorpha (Order Cycloneritimorpha)

Neritidae (Nerites)

Please send all Cornish records of marine molluscs, with images if possible, to David Fenwick. I will make sure records are collated and passed on to the national recorder at the Conchological Society of Britain and Ireland. I will also hold a set of records for use by other Cornish conchologists, researchers, and the Marine Biological Association.

Land Snails are often found washed-up on the strandline from dunes or other habitats; or are found in habitats close to the strandline. Here are a few that are commonly found.

Cernuella
Cernuella virgata (Da Costa, 1778) - Striped snail

Colchlicella
Cochlicella acuta (O. F. Müller, 1774) - Pointed snail

Cornu
Cornu aspersum (O. F. Müller, 1774)
- Common or Garden snail

Theba
Theba pisana (Müller, 1774)
- White, Pisan or Sandhill snail

For more Land Snail images please visit the Slugs and Snails page of APHOTOFAUNA

European Names - Gastropods, Schnecken, Buikpotigen, Gasteropodes, Gastropodos, Gasteropodi, Molluscs, Weichtiere, Weekdieren, Mollusques, Moluscos, Molluschi.

For more information about marine snails visit the website of the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Also see the following external links -
Fred and Sarah UK Seashells - Gastropods
Marlin (Mollusca Page)

WANTED - Shells of any marine snail species that occur in SW England and that are not featured here. I intend to make the list above as comprehensive as possible, and for use as an online identification guide. Thank you. E-mail

Marine Snails Images UK Gastropoda and Scaphopoda