It is known in Ireland only from limestone bluffs in the gorge of the River Blackwater at Carrick-a-Brick Castle near Fermoy, East Cork. Its status as a native is questionable according to Kerney (1972), who failed to find living material during a visit to the site in 1971 (Byrne et al. 2009).
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Barcode data: Helicigona lapicida
There are 5 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank. Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species. See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Helicigona lapicida
Public Records: 5
Specimens with Barcodes: 10
Species With Barcodes: 1
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In Ireland, no live specimens have been found in recent times. H. lapidica appears to be declining in Ireland (Byrne et al. 2009).
This species of snail makes and uses love darts during mating.
This species is native to Europe, especially central Europe.
The shell of this species is approximately 20 mm in maximum dimension. The periphery of the shell is sharply keeled. There is a wide umbilicus. The peristome around the aperture is white and strongly reflected and lipped. The shell color is grey-brown with some red brown patches.
Janus, Horst, 1965. The young specialist looks at land and freshwater molluscs, Burke, London
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