Polygyriscus virginianus

Virginia Fringed Mountain Snail

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The Virginia fringed mountain snail was originally descibed in 1947 from weathered shells found in the soil and was presumed to be extinct. It was not until 1971 that live individuals were found. This snail is known only from six miles of bluffs along the New River in Pulaski County Virginia. The shell is a pale greenish color and has four promient raised spiral lines with less prominent spiral lines between them. The shell is 0.18 inches in diameter and 0.06 inches in height. The animal inside, is white and probably blind.

Scientific Name

Polygyriscus virginianus
Common Name
Virginia fringed mountain snail
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