Lymnaea stagnalis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lymnaea stagnalis
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Great Pond Snail
Helix stagnalis Linnaeus, 1758
Limnaea stagnalis (Subba Rao, 1989)
Taxonomic Notes:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-03-04
Assessor(s): Budha, P.B., Dutta, J. & Daniel, B.A.
Reviewer(s): Madhyastha, A., Dey, A., García, N. & Molur, S.
Lymnaea stagnalis has a very wide global distribution with no threats and is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: A widespread species distributed in Asia (central, north and south and southeast), north America, north Africa and New Zealand. This species also has a widespread European distribution, occurring in all European Mediterranean countries (Yueying Liu et al. 1979)
Afghanistan; Australia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Canada; China; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; India (Jammu-Kashmir); Iran, Islamic Republic of; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Luxembourg; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; Romania; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States (Alabama, Alaska, Aleutian Is., Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaiian Is., Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon); Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: No information on population status or trends has been recorded. Although there are localised declines, the species population is believed to be stable.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits slow or still waters, such as the edge of pools, streams, reservoirs, amongst others. They like muddy sand or crushed stone bottom, and feed on diatoms, aquatic plants and the remaining tissue of other gastropods. The species can be transported by birds, in part accounting for its very wide distribution.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species is known to be used as food in Russia (Ponomareva and Petson 2005).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is a widespread species with no major species-specific threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

No conservation actions are required for this species at present.

Citation: Budha, P.B., Dutta, J. & Daniel, B.A. 2010. Lymnaea stagnalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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