Images of landshells - II

by Helmut Nisters, Innsbruck, Austria


In this final gallery some more or less inconspicuous species of some further landshell families are presented, and these complement the species illustrated in previous articles. It is hoped they show the marvellous variety of landshells that can be found. Their preferred habitats and collecting methods were described in these previous articles.

Note how tiny some of these shells are i.e. less than 3 mm, but they are still very attractive and a challenge to find!

(The size given is the length or diameter of a typical specimen.)

Family: Aciculidae
Platyla polita
3 mm

Family: Carychiidae
Carychium tridentatum
1.9 mm

Family: Cochlicopidae
Cochlicopa lubrica
6 mm


Family: Vertiginidae

Columella edentula
2.3 mm

Vertigo antivergo
2 mm

Truncatellina callicratis
1.9 mm

Truncatellina claustralis
1.8 mm

Truncatellina costulata
2.1 mm


Family: Chondrinidae
Granaria frumentum
7 mm

Family: Orculidae
Sphyradium doliolum doliolum

Family: Orculidae
Pagodulina subdola
3.5 mm

Family: Valloniidae
Acanthinula aculeata
2 mm

Family: Succineidae
Oxyloma elegans
19.5 mm

Family: Ferussaciidae
Ceciliodes acicula
4.5 mm



Family: Punctidae
Paralaoma caputspinulae
2.3 mm

Family: Discidae
Discus ruderatus
6 mm

Family: Gastrodontidae
Zonitoides nitidus
4.5 mm

Family: Euconulidae
Euconulus fulvus
2.5 mm

Family: Vitrinidae
Vitrina pellucida
4.5 mm

Family: Zonitidae
Aegopinella nitens
7 mm

Family: Zonitidae
Oxychilus cellarius
10 mm

Previous Micscape articles by Helmut Nisters can be found by typing the author's surname in the Library Search engine; link below.


Helmut Nisters contact details (work and home).

Natural History Department of the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum Innsbruck,
Malacological Collection,
Feldstr. 11a,
A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Europe.
Phone: 0043 512 58 72 86 37.
Helmut Nisters
Franz-Fischer-Str. 46
A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Europe
Phone and Fax: 0043 512 57 32 14

Digital image capture details: Images taken by David Walker of shells supplied and identified by Helmut Nisters. Shell images taken with Panasonic CL350 video camera with 50mm Nikon SLR lens and extension tubes. Digital video stills captured by Snappy 2.0, image processing with Picture Publisher v7.0.


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