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Range DescriptionThis species is widespread though Europe and north and west Asia. Although more work is required on the presence of cryptic species within the range, the likely range is extensive.
This is a widespread species across Europe. According to Fauna Europaea (Bank et al. 2006), the species is present in Albania, Andorra, Austria, Azores (Portugal), Balearic Islands (Spain), Belgium, Great Britain (UK), Bulgaria, Channel Islands (UK), Corsica (France), Czech Republic, Denmark (mainland), Faroe Islands (Denmark), Finland, France (mainland), Germany, Greece (mainland), Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland (Eire), Russia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Madeira (Portugal), Malta, Northern Ireland (UK), Norway, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain (mainland), Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Ukraine.
Kantor et al. (2009) noted that the range extended to Lake Baikal and southern Siberia.
Within Turkey it is known from the Lakes Region (Kebapci and Yilidrim 2010), although they comment it is not the most widespread of the three species of Radix. Around the eastern Mediterranean the range extends to Israel, although Germain's records from Syria are under the name R. lagotis (see comments below).
The records of L. lagotis from Georgia are probably not this species, based on Glöer and Pesic's research, and hence these have been transferred to R. balthica, pending further research.
Germain (1931) lists this species under the name Radix lagotis for Afghanistan, Armenia, 'Transcaucasie', Turkenstan, and Iran, however Glöer and Pesic (2012) considered the range for R. lagotis to be more restricted, hence the records from SW and W Asia have been transferred to Radix balthica pending further research.