Scientific name Oxychilus alliarius
Higher classification Oxychilus
|Similar Oxychilus, Oxychilus cellarius, Oxychilidae, Oxychilus draparnaudi, Babylonia areolata|
Oxychilus alliarius, common name the "garlic snail" or "garlic glass-snail", is a species of small air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Oxychilidae, the glass snails.
The specific name alliarius refer to the Allium that means garlic. The common name also refer to the fact that when this animal is disturbed, it gives off a strong smell similar to that of raw garlic.
This species occurs in a number of countries and islands including:
The non-indigenous distribution of Oxychilus alliarius includes:
The 3.5-4 × 5-7 mm shell has 4-4.5 slightly convex whorls. The last whorl is often weakly descending near aperture. The whorls from whorl 3 onwards are more narrowly coiled than in Oxychilus cellarius, the last whorl descending lower. The umbilicus is wide (1/6 of diameter). The shell is smooth, shiny, weakly reddish to greenish brown. The animal is blackish blue. Anatomy: The internal ornamentation of the proximal penis consisting of not more than four longitudinal pleats, usually straight, sometimes slightly wavy, but never laterally branched or papillate.