Cornu aspersum

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Garden snail
Garden snail (Cornu aspersum) on Limonium
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Heterobranchia
Superorder: Eupulmonata
Order: Stylommatophora
Family: Helicidae
Subfamily: Helicinae
Tribe: Otalini
Genus: Cornu
C. aspersum
Binomial name
Cornu aspersum
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Helix aspersa Müller, 1774

Cornu aspersum is the garden snail. They are often called a pest. In English books it was called Helix aspersa for over two centuries, but the current classification now places it in the genus Cornu. They are native go Europe, though have spread elsewhere.[3] It is very similar, but smaller than the Roman Snail (Helix pomantia).

Helix aspersa
map showing where Helix aspersa are found in Europe

Food[change | change source]

snails eat leaves

These snails mainly eat plants, since they are herbivores.

Reproduction[change | change source]

Snails are both male and female. They are able to reproduce by themselves, though normally reproduce sexually.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Neubert, E. (2011). "Cornu aspersum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2011: e.T156890A5012868.
  2. Müller O. F. (1774). Vermivm terrestrium et fluviatilium, seu animalium infusoriorum, helminthicorum, et testaceorum, non marinorum, succincta historia. Volumen alterum. pp. I-XXVI [= 1-36], 1-214, [1-10]. Havniae & Lipsiae. (Heineck & Faber).
  3. "Garden Snail - Snail Facts and Information".
  4. "Reproductive System". The Garden Snail Resource.