28 September 2009

A 19th century painting of terrestrial gastropods


This is the plate of "Land Molluscs" from volume 6 of The Royal Natural History edited by Richard Lydekker, published in 1896 (available at The Internet Archive.

The snails with banded shells may be one of the 2 Cepaea species present in Great Britahn, perhaps C. hortensis; whereas the tall-shelled snail climbing up the log looks like either Cochlicella acuta or C. barbara.

Here is a detail from the bottom.


On the left are a couple of clausiliids. The snail in the middle with the aperture of its shell sealed with an operculum is Pomatias elegans. Near the top, a batch off eggs are visible. But life is not only about eating mushrooms and strawberries and laying eggs; there is also danger lurking in the shadows: on the right, a beetle, probably a carabid, is attacking an orange slug. Perhaps that is the slug that laid the eggs. Now it can die.


Anonymous said...

Hi Aydin,

And the two cute little Helicodonta obvoluta shells on the moss above the carnivorous beetle.


Susan J. Hewitt


Thank you, Susan.