Thursday, January 27, 2011

Species spotlight VIII

Oxychilus draparnaudi (Beck, 1837)
Buskett, Malta

Today's featured species is a small to medium-sized snail characterized by a brown, glossy and rather flat and fragile shell. It inhabits damp substrates such as compost or leaf litter in gardens or the compact soil beneath stone boulders. The animal is a distinctive blue-grey and is an active predator on other snails.

Oxychilus is a highly speciose genus distributed throughout Europe and the Near East.

Pembroke, Malta

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