Propilidium exiguum (Thompson, 1844)
Author & date of last revision: Steve Wilkinson on 10 July 2011
Propilidium ancyloide (Forbes, 1840) non J de C Sowerby, 1824;
Conical shell up to 4mm in length. Tends to be relatively tall compared with similar species (up to 2.5mm in height). The outside is white or grey-brown in colour and the inside white and shiney. Surface sculptured with fine radial and concentric ridges. The animal does not possess eyes.
Key identification features
Ecology and behaviour
Lives on hard stoney bottoms probably feeding on detritus.
Distribution and status
From Norway south to the Azores and Mediterranean but absent from the English Channel and most of the North Sea.
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Recorded UK distribution