Jenkins' Spire Snail, New Zealand Mudsnail, Potamopyrgus antipodarum

Overview

Short description of Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Jenkins' Spire Snail, New Zealand Mudsnail

This snail of right‐handed coiling has an elongated shell with 7 to 8 whorls. Size is usually around 5 mm but can reach about 12 mm. Shell colours vary from grey and dark brown to light brown.

Description of Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Jenkins' Spire Snail, New Zealand Mudsnail status in GB

The New Zealand mudsnail or Jenkins' Spire Snail is common and widespread across freshwater and brackish habitats in England, Wales and Scotland.

Habitat summary: Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Jenkins' Spire Snail, New Zealand Mudsnail

It is an extremely tolerant species inhabiting almost all aquatic habitats including rivers, lakes, streams, estuaries, reservoirs, lagoons, canals, ditches and even water tanks. Particularly high densities are reported from systems with high primary productivity, constant temperatures, cobble substrate and constant flow.

Overview table

Environment: Freshwater
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: New Zealand
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Grays (18); Thames Estuary (VIIc)
Date of first record: 1852

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

Alexandra Zieritz

Last updated:

January 6th, 2012

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