Cepaea nemoralis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cepaea nemoralis
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Brown Lipped Snail

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-03-26
Assessor(s): Neubert, E.
Reviewer(s): Cuttelod, A. & Bilz, M.

This species is relatively widespread and there is no threat known to this species. It is therefore considered to be Least Concern (LC).

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread in Europe, and is locally abundant (Kerney, Cameron and Jungbluth 1983).
Andorra; Austria; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France (France (mainland)); Germany; Hungary; Ireland; Italy (Italy (mainland)); Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal (Portugal (mainland)); Russian Federation (Kaliningrad); Slovenia; Spain (Spain (mainland)); Sweden; Switzerland; Ukraine; United Kingdom (Great Britain, Northern Ireland)
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Population [top]


The size and trend within the subpopulations are supposed to be stable. In Ireland, it is frequent throughout but most abundant in coastal localities, particularly dune (Byrne et al. 2009).

Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: In Ireland, it is found mostly in shaded, rocky or humanly disturbed habitats such as gardens. It can be sparsely distributed on acid soils where shells are thin and fragile. It is most abundant and well developed on coastal dunes and generally prefers sheltered dry places (Byrne et al. 2009).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species is not used.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In Ireland, this species is listed as Least Concern (Byrne et al. 2009).

Citation: Neubert, E. 2013. Cepaea nemoralis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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