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Zonitoides arboreus

Zonitoides arboreus
Two live individuals of Zonitoides arboreus on orchid plants in a greenhouse
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra
clade limacoid clade
Superfamily: Gastrodontoidea
Family: Gastrodontidae
Genus: Zonitoides
Subgenus: Zonitoides
Species: Z. arboreus
Binomial name
Zonitoides arboreus
(Say, 1816)[2]

Zonitoides arboreus is species of small air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Gastrodontidae.


The native distribution of Zonitoides arboreus includes:

  • North America[3]

The non-indigenous distribution includes:

In most cases listed above (but not all of them), this species is found as a pest in greenhouses.


The shell is pale yellowish brown, translucent, faintly and irregularly striated.[3] The shell has 4-4.5 whorls. The shell is sometimes very slightly keeled.[3] The umbilicus is deep and contain 1/7 of diameter.[3] There is broadening at the last whorl.[3]

The width of the shell is 4.5–6 mm.[3] The height of the shell is 1.7–3 mm.[3]


Zonitoides arboreus is common in woodlands and humid habitats, also in gardens.[3] In Europe it is found in greenhouses, and is occasionally reported outside as an escape.[3]

Snails in this species create and use love darts.

Parasites of Zonitoides arboreus include:


This article incorporates public domain text from the reference.[3]

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