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Helix figulina

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Kingdom  Animalia
Superfamily  Helicoidea
Subfamily  Helicinae
Phylum  Mollusca
Rank  Species
Class  Gastropoda
Family  Helicidae
Tribe  Helicini
Genus  Helix
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Similar  Helix, Helix nucula, Helix cincta, Helix melanostoma, Helix mazzullii

Helix figulina is a species of air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Helicidae, the typical snails.

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Description

The shells of this species are dirty white to yellow-brownish in color, usually 21-27×20-26 mm in size. Large shells are about 29-31×29-30 mm.

Distribution

This species is present in Greece, Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia, except, perhaps, the island of Skyros in the Aegean Sea, where only empty shells of the species have been found, suggesting a recent extinction in the area. There have been reports of the species in western Turkey, however, it seems that these are actually Helix nucula, a related and similar species.

Habitat

This land snail is found in a variety of habitats including dry, open, shrub-land areas. It ranges from coastal areas (dunes) up to 700 m above sea level. On the continent, it lives only in areas where there is enough soil, as it is a soil-dwelling species, and sometimes buries deep into the soil. In southwest Bulgaria it lives at altitudes of up to 700 m.

References

Helix figulina Wikipedia


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