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Oxychilus alliarius

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Oxychilidae
Genus  Oxychilus
Phylum  Mollusca
Rank  Species
Superfamily  Gastrodontoidea
Subfamily  Oxychilinae
Scientific name  Oxychilus alliarius
Higher classification  Oxychilus
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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.


Oxychilus alliarius Garlic Snail Oxychilus alliarius NatureSpot

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.

Oxychilus alliarius Garlic Snail Oxychilus alliarius NatureSpot


This species occurs in a number of countries and islands including:

Oxychilus alliarius Garlic Glass Snail Oxychilus alliarius 12 February 2007
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Czech Republic. It has the eastern boundary of its native distribution in western Bohemia, the Czech Republic.
  • Poland
  • and other areas
  • Non-indigenous distribution

    The non-indigenous distribution of Oxychilus alliarius includes:

  • Latvia
  • Colombia
  • California, USA
  • Description

    Oxychilus alliarius AnimalBase Oxychilus alliarius species homepage

    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.


    Oxychilus alliarius Wikipedia